The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George Washington (Steamboat), 1838

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Launch of the "OSCEOLA" -- We regret that we were unable, on Monday, to attend the launch of this new specimen of the skill of our neighboring ship builders of Grand Island. We learn however, that the launch was a most successful one, and attended by a large party of invited spectators from this city, who were politely entertained by Mr. Lathrop, agent of the Grand Island Company.
      The OSCEOLA is said to be a beautiful model, improved from that of the MILWAUKIE, so as to fit her for the navigation of the Niagara, for which she is admirably calculated. She is a trim, snug craft, 100 feet in length, and will, we understand, be commanded by Captain Thos. P. Chase. She was built of the Boston timber Company, by Mr. John English.
      We shall try to find incidents for an interesting chapter, in a trip down the Niagara, on board the OSCEOLA, when the traveling season again comes round.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, March 21, 1838

The OSCEOLA. ---The Ashtabula Sentinel says the new steamer, nearly finished at that place, will bear the name of the distinguished Seminole -- OSCEOLA. The new boat will be out in May, is intended for freight and passage, to be propeller by a powerful high pressure engine. Tonnage 400. Success to the OSCEOLA.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, April 2, 1838 p.2 c.4

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      The name of the new Ashtabula boat, has been changed from OSCEOLA, to GEORGE WASHINGTON.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Friday, May 18, 1838

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George Washington (Steamboat), 1838