The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Defiance (Schooner), 23 Mar 1848

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The schooner DEFIANCE was launched on Thursday last, tonnage 250 tons, length 115 feet, beam 25 and a half feet, draws three feet of water. The DEFIANCE was built by our enterprising fellow citizens, Messrs Roby & Thompson, and will be ready for the lake about the middle of April. She is intended expressly for the Maumee River trade, and will be commanded by Capt. W.W. Wilkison, a native of this valley, and an experienced, energetic and trusty lake seaman. -- Fort Meigs Reveille, 25th.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, April 3, 1848

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THE NEW SCHOONER. -- The new schooner DEFIANCE, built by Capt. Roby at Perrysburgh the past winter, made her appearance in our port this morning. She is a beautiful vessel and looks all that her name imports. Her burthen is we believe over 300 .--- -----Toledo Blade
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, May 8, 1848

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      Two schooner were built at the same time at Perrysburgh, which is in the Miami District. They are called the St. MARYS and DEFIANCE. The tonnage of each is 253 tons. The steamboat JOHN HOLLISTER, which runs daily between Toledo and Detroit, was built at the same time and place. She is a sprightly little water nymph.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, October 17, 1848

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Defiance (Schooner), 23 Mar 1848