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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 30 August 1825, page 3

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The new Steam Boat Pioneer.--It must be gratifying to those interested in this vessel, as well as to the public generally, to learn that she performs admirably well, and that her first trip has fully confirmed the opinions of her owners as a first rate lake vessel, as regards either speed or safety. The following notices from the Michigan newspapers, with the accompanying complimentary Cards from her passengers, places the Pioneer before the public in a very favorable point of view.

From the Detroit Gazette

The Pioneer of Black Rock.--This truly elegant steam-boat arrived in our harbor, for the first time last Saturday, from Buffalo, which place she left on the 17th inst. at 12 o'clock, M. Her tonnage is 124, and her horse power 33. The Pioneer reached Cunnigham's [sic] Island in 31 hours from Buffalo--a distance of about 250 miles--her speed from this fact, is deemed to be great. Her machinery is in good order, her cabins, though small, are convenient and elegant, and the furniture new and in excellent condition.--Her captain, Wm. T. Pease, is well acquainted with the navigation of Lake Erie, and from our knowledge of his character, we will venture to say that he will neglect nothing which will tend to the satisfaction of his passengers. The Pioneer is calculated solely for passengers, and we are informed by capt. Pease that it is his intention to leave Buffalo for Detroit each Saturday--and Detroit, on his return, each Thursday.

From the Michigan Herald.

NEW STEAM-BOAT.--We have the satisfaction of announcing the arrival of the new steam-boat Pioneer, built by a company at Black Rock, and intended as a regular packet between that place and Detroit. The Pioneer is a beautiful boat, 124 tons burthen, and her machinery is a thirty-three horse power. We understand she has cost about $15,000. She is fitted up with much taste and elegance, and the arrangement of her cabins appears calculated to afford every needful accommodation for passengers.

We hail the arrival of this boat at the best indicatoin [sic] of the progressive improvement of the commerce and population of this new and promising section of country, and as affording additional facilities for a further and more rapid advance.

A CARD -- The passengers on board the Steam Boat Pioneer, Capt. Pease, on her first voyage from Detroit to Black Rock, express their full satisfaction with the accommodations and arrangements of the Boat. Capt. Pease, for his politeness, urbanity and attention, is particularly entitled to commendation. The table has been furnished with excellent provisions, and they have been served with peculiar neatness and comfort.

J. STRADER, of Cincinnati,
RICH'D PETERS, jr. Philadelphia.
CHAS. PERKINS, Norwich, Ct.
DANIEL H. VAIL, Cincinnati,
N. S. DOAN, do.
H. WELLS, do.
LEVI E. ROUNDS, Lockport,
In behalf of all the passengers.
Lake Erie, Aug. 25, 1825.


The undersigned, passengers in the Steam Boat Pioneer, on her first trip to this place, are pleased with the present opportunity afforded them of expressing their entire satisfaction, and approbation, at the manner of her performance, and from the stormy weather she has encountered, they do not hesitate to recommend her as not only a safe, but a pleasant sea vessel. Her accommodations are excellent, and we presume are not surpassed by any vessel on these waters. Her Capt. is intelligent, attentive to the duties of his station, and gentlemanly in his deportment to passengers.

George Merchant,Aretas Haskell,
Lyman Warren, H. B. Chaffee,
Samuel Winchel, Wm. Williams,
Horace Chapin, Jared W. Nye.
Detroit, Aug. 20 1825.

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Black Rock Gazette (Buffalo, NY), 30 August 1825, page 3