The SS Royal William was a Canadian side wheel paddle steamship that is credited as being the first Canadian steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was built in Cape Blanc Quebec by John Saxton Campbell and George Black and she was launched on April 27 1831 by Lady and Lord Aylmer at Cape Cove Quebec. In her early days, she operated as a mail packeteer between Quebec and the Atlantic colonies but in 1832, travel was restricted due to the cholera epidemic. After her owner decided that a sail in Europe was the best option, she was eventually flipped to the Spanish Navy and renamed to Isabel Segunda. She served there for many years and earned the distinction of being the first steamship to fire in anger in a minor Spanish rebellion. You can find a large wooden model of the SS Royal William in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax.


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