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 ouit 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 ?
June 18, 1834
THE NEW AND Splendid Steam packet MAJOR JACK DOWNING, S.B. CALDWELL, Master, has commenced her regular trips be-tween Sandusky City and Lower Sandusky; leaving Lower Sandusky at 6 o'clock, A.M., and arriving at Sandusky City at 10 o'clock A.M. Returning same day, leaving at 2 o'clock P.M., connecting with a daily line of Stages at Lower Sandusky, to Columbus, Springfield and Cincinnati, and to Perrysburgh, Maumee and Detroit-and at Sandusky City, with a daily line of Steam-Boats to Detroit and Buffalo.
For Freight or Passage, apply to S. Birchard & Co., Lower Sandusky, Hollister &Co., Sandus- ky City, or the Master on board. REFER TO
R. A. Forsyth, Maumee; Hollister & Wendell, Perrysburgh; Howard & Wadhams, and O. Newberry; Detroit; Wheeler & Ransom, and Giddings, Baldwin, Pease & Co. Cleveland; Pratt, Taylor & Co., and Barker and Holt, Buffalo; Major jack Downing, New-York. -- Sandusky City, June 12, 1834
June 18, 1834
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On Monday last we were visited by a beautiful little steamboat, called the JACK DOWNING, which was built at Ogdensburgh, and brought down here for the purpose of ferrying between this town and Salmon River. The JACK DOWNING is seven horse power, of a beautiful model, and can accommodate from 50 to 60 passengers. We heartily trust her enterprising proprietor will meet with a liberal encouragement. - Cornwall Observer
British American Journal
Tuesday, July 29, 1834
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LAKE ERIE STEAM BOATS.
We have frequent inquiries, from distant places, concerning the Steam Boats of these waters.
The following is an extract of a letter to us, received yesterday, and dated. BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 8, 1834
"Of your city, and the region west of it, we know, in fact, but little; and form, for the most part, but very erroneous conclusions, in relation to either. We hear, often, of Lake Erie Steam boats, but know nothing of the number, and hardly more of their general character. If not too much trouble, may I ask that you will favour me with the names of the several Steam Boats upon Erie, and the more western lakes? Any facts relating to the business character of Buffalo, &c. would also be acceptable, should leisure permit. "
In compliance with the request of our correspondent, we have obtained from a gentleman who is an extensive owner the names of all our Steam Boats, and those of the British, which we subjoin.
We given them in this form, rather than in a private letter, that it may meet the eye of others, who are making similar inquiries.
American Steam Boats on Erie and the Upper. Lakes.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, OHIO,
SANDUSKY, GOVERNOR MARCY,
GENERAL PORTER, DETROIT,
DANIEL WEBSTER, OLIVER NEWBERRY,
UNITED STATES, ENTERPRISE,
CHARLES TOWNSEND, DELAWARE,
NORTH AMERICA, WILLIAM PEACOCK,
OLIVER H. PERRY, NIAGARA,
MONROE, GENERAL BRADY,
NEW-YORK, GENERAL GRATIOT,
SUPERIOR, ANDREW JACKSON,
UNCLE SAM, VICTORY,
SHELDON THOMPSON, CAROLINE,
WILLIAM PENN, MAJOR JACK DOWNING
Of the character of our Boats for strength, speed and elegance, we may challenge any water to a comparison. Many of them are of the largest class, and all well found.
Of facts relating to the business character of our city, we can at this moment do no more than refer our correspondent to our advertising columns; but will write him in a few days, in detail upon the subject.
December 17, 1834
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Sandusky. Apri122. --The COMMERCE. This is the name of a beautiful little steamboat of about 80 tons, built by Captain Daniel Dibble, and launched in handsome style, without accident, on Thursday last, from the shipyard at the upper end of the tow. It is intended for the navigation of Sandusky bay and river: is owned by a company of gentlemen residing at this place and Lower Sandusky, and is to be commanded by Capt. Wells, an experienced sailor, and master of the late steamboat MAJOR JACK DOWNING, which has been metamorphosed into a wood boat. It is expected that the COMMERCE will commence her daily trips between this place and Lower Sandusky, about the IOth. of May. It is peculiarly gratifying to those who remember the time when the horse-boat PEGASTIS formed the principal means of intercourse by water between these two places, to contrast the commercial facilities which this boat will furnish, with those then. We were going to say enjoyed; but we believe endured is a more proper word . - Clarion
Buffalo Daily Commercial Advertiser
Saturday, April 29, 1837
Steam paddle MAJOR JACK DOWNING. * Of 54 tons. Built Mount Clemens, Mich. 1834. First home port, Detroit, Mich. NOTATIONS:- Rig changed to sail, 1836
Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868