The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. W. Brooks (Propeller), 14 May 1851

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LAUNCH.---The propeller J.W. BROOKS was launched yesterday afternoon from the shipyard of Wm. Gooding, by whom she was built, George Irwin, Master workman. Her boilers which are of the Montgomery pattern, are built by J. & J. Brennan, and her engine by Van Schoick & Kellogg. She is of 300 tons burden, is owned by Capt. Kellogg and is built for the St. Clair and Buffalo trade, for carrying lumber. ----- Detroit Adv. 15th.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Saturday, May 17, 1851

Steam screw J.W. BROOKS. Of 312 tons. Built Detroit, Mich., 1851. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION:-- Lost 1856, by foundering off Duck Light, Ont. November 4, 1856.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

Steam screw J.W. BROOKS, of 312 tons. Built Detroit, 1851 of 135 x 25 x 10. Rebuilt in 1860 by Henry Rooney and as Canadian renamed WILLIAM.
      Herman Runge Notes
      Steamer NEW WILLIAM. [C] Of 350 tons. Built 1860 at Garden Island by Henry Roney . Owned by Calvin & Breck. Home port, Garden Island. Value $25,000. Class B 1. REMARKS. -- Built on bottom of propeller BROOKS.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1861

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J. W. Brooks (Propeller), 14 May 1851