The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Feb. 9, 1847

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Increase of Vessels on the Upper Lakes.

The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser says full $1,000,000 have been expended in the construction and repairs of vessels in the past year, and $3,500,000 within five years, above the Falls. Yet this was found inadequate to the demands of the last season. The preparations making for the next season, are on an equally extended scale. The Commercial says: "So important has the growing commerce of our lakes become, capital has been transferred from other branches of business, and every shipyard along the chain of lakes presents a scene of bustling activity with the extensive preparations making for the season of '47'."

The following is a statement of the number, class, and tonnage of vessels, built in the last six years:

Steamer Propeller Sail Tons

1846 18 11 45 18,900

1845 13 4 32 18,207

1844 9 0 34 9,145

1843 6 4 24 1,840

1842 2 0 22 3,090

1841 1 0 28 3,530

Total 49 19 185 49,802

Amount of tonnage enrolled in district of Michigan - 26,928, employing about 1,800 seamen in navigating them.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), Feb. 9, 1847