The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Syracuse Standard (Syracuse, NY), Jan. 18, 1854

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Capt. Robert Hugunin states in a communication in the Chicago Press, that in the year 1803 and 1804 the first American vessel was built on Lake Ontario. She was 50 feet keel, 20 feet beam and 6 feet hold, and called the Fair American. She was built at Oswego, schooner-rigged, with a fore and main topsail, and modeled much like the old Albany sloops. She was commanded by Capt. William Edes. There then belong to the port of Oswego four other small vessels, built in Canada, ranging under thirty tons.

Their principal business was freighting salt, distributing it at the various little settlements along the lakes. The American coast of Lake Ontario was then principally supplied with provisions from the Bay of Quinte, Upper Canada, which was mostly paid for with sal. Money in those days was but little in the small commerce of the lakes.

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Richard Palmer
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Syracuse Standard (Syracuse, NY), Jan. 18, 1854