The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Allen (Steamboat), 31 Mar 1838

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LAUNCH. - The Chicago American of March 30th, says the steamboat JAMES ALLEN, will be launched at that port on the 31st. The boat is building by Capt. Case, and the engine manufactured in Chicago, by Wm. H. Stow.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, April 10, 1838 2:3

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      Chicago. Jan 31
New Steamboat. - A steamboat of 240 tons has been built under the superintendency of Capt. Case at our harbor, during the past season, and will be launched as soon as the ice is out of the river. In honor of capt Allen, the superintendent of the public works, at this place, it has been named the "JAMES ALLEN" and is destined to ply between this city and St. Joseph, leaving here at 6 A. M. and returning at 6 P. M. By this arrangement travellers can go from St. Joseph to Juliet in less than 24 hours. This boat has been built entirely by our citizens at an expense of $40, 000 during this time of general pressure, not a cent of which was furnished them by banks. We hope the company will take immediate measures to secure the carrying of the mail as it would greatly increase the celerity of our communication with the east - Democrat
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, February 13, 1838

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Steamboats On Lake Michigan. - The great danger in navigating Lake Michigan from the want if good harbors, renders boat owners rather shy of trusting their crafts on that Lake during the season, and the small boats sent up from below, usually get stranded, or frightened back. The people of Chicago have therefore taken hold of boat building themselves, and the result is, that two new, snug boats, the JAMES ALLEN and GEORGE W. DOLE, are now plying from that port, the ALLEN to St. Joseph, and the DOLE to Michigan City and Milwaukie. The American says both are doing a profitable business in the transportation of passengers and freight.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, October 23, 1838

      Steam paddle JAMES ALLEN. Of 213 tons. Built Chicago, Ill, 1838. First home port, Detroit, Mich. NOTATIONS:- Abandoned 1845.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      The Lytle-holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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James Allen (Steamboat), 31 Mar 1838