The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 14, 1844

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p.2 Outrages on the Cornwall Canal - Irish factions at odds. [Montreal Transcript]

p.3 Under the very unimposing name of a "Revenue Cutter," it would appear by the following extract from the Albany Atlas, that the American Government is about placing on the waters of Lake Ontario a very formidable steamer, intended to carry the small number of twenty-six guns! We may learn a lesson from the 'cuteness' of Brother Jonathan. The steamer Cherokee is now lying in an unfinished state in Navy Bay, the artificers engaged in her completion having been arrested in their work by one of the stipulations of the Ashburton Treaty. Why may she not now be completed, armed with but one gun, and employed as a "Revenue Cutter?" We certainly have as extended a frontier and as important interests to guard as our neighbours. The fact stated by the Atlas is worthy the attention of the government.

U.S. Revenue Propeller Jefferson - This iron steamer, destined for Lake Ontario, is now ready for launching at Oswego. She was constructed under contract with C. Knapp, jr. of Pittsburgh, whence the iron was brought ready for fitting up, and superintended by John W. Cupes (Capes ?) of New York. She is in all respects an excellent and seaworthy vessel, at least as far as can be known before a trial is made, and the officers now at Oswego speak confidently that her sailing qualities will not disappoint the department. Her tonnage is about 360, Custom House measurement.

Length of keel 125 feet

Breadth of beam 25 feet

Depth of hold 11 feet

Length of deck 140 feet.

She is pierced for 26 guns, but will now only carry one large gun amid ship. Her engine is one of Ericsson's model, 120 horse power, with one propelling wheel astern, of 9 1/2 feet diameter. The wheel is attached to the vessel on the same plan as the steamer Princeton's.

She will carry 40 men and three or four officers, including the Captain. She is well supplied with beautiful arms, carbines, boarding pikes, cutlasses, battle axes, etc. from the Springfield manufactory. Her rig will be that of a three masted schooner and will spread an enormous quantity of canvass. The accommodations for her officers and crew are in the best style of naval comfort, and we should think a berth aboard her, especially in summer, a very desirable situation. It is not intended to get her ready for sea until next next spring.

[Albany Atlas]

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 14, 1844