The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Whig (Buffalo, NY), 18 June 1834, page 2

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The North America.--Of the fabrication of Steam-Boats there is no end. They roam our Lake of all sizes and of every degree of speed;- -and they go and come at all hours both of night and day--insomuch that to register their days or hours, or to know their times and seasons is hardly possible.

We have just returned from viewing the North America, Capt. Appleby, now in port. She is new, having just taken the Lake--was b[uilt] at Conneaut, Ohio, and is owned by an Incorporated Company. the America is certainly a fine [loo]king boat upon the water; and is well fitted for [com]fort and convenience. She is one hundred and fifty feet long, upon deck, twenty-six feet beam and will draw, when loaded, about six feet of wa[ter]. Her Ladies' Cabin is on deck, has sixteen bert[hs] and is surrounded by seven State Rooms, with two berths each. The Gentlemen's Cabin is furn[ished] with twenty-two, and the Steerage twenty-[?] berths. She is of 360 tuns burden, and is driven by a high pressure, horizontal engine of 180 horse power, with twenty-eight inch cylinder, and seven foot stroke. The power of her engine and her general appearance are much in favour of her speed. As a whole she is, at least to the eye of a landsman a boat of fine appearance and good promise. Not the least interesting fact touching this boat is that she is to have fitted, in a bar, upon deck, a Soda Fountain. This will diminish dram drinking, vastly increase the comfort of passengers, and we hope, the profits of owners.

The America is now receiving her paint, &c. and will be ready, we learn, to commence her regular trips, in the course of the present week.--R. Sears & Co. agents and part owners.


More Coming.--Two additional new Steam-Boats have just been launched upon our lake--one at Sandusky and the other at Huron. The Sandusky boat, we learn takes the name of the city, and is, says our correspondent, "moddled [sic] like a duck, and will ride the surge like a thing of life." Three hundred and eighty tuns burden, and will be out the first of September.

The other, the United States, at Huron, is about the same burden, and will, we trust prove herself a duck in the water also. She will be prepared for service as soon as possible.


Illinois.--This new brig, which was launched here a few weeks since, has been rigged, and is now ready to receive her sails. She is owned by Pratt, Taylor & Co., and commanded by captain Wagstaff; and it will be no disparagement to other vessels to say she is one of the finest craft we ever saw. She is two hundred and ten tuns burden, and most perfectly formed and finished, throughout, having eight elegant state rooms for passengers. The Illinois is intended, mainly, for the trade of lake Michigan, and the conveyance of freight for Illinois, and the surrounding far-off realms. She will take the Lake, probably, in all this week, upon her first voyage.


By Steam.--All the lateral and tributary waters of the great western chain of Lakes are sporting their Steam-Boats; and not to be out of the world--which is but to be out of fashion--the redoubtable Major Jack Downing, since his banishment from the court of the Hero of all the wars, has been transformed into a Steam-Boat, (see advertisement,) and is navigating Sandusky Bay. The Major while in the confidence of the old Roman, certainly carried all before him,--and who can doubt he will do so still, though he has abandoned the sinking fortunes of one who heeded not his friendly council?

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Whig (Buffalo, NY), 18 June 1834, page 2