The new steamboat now building upon the stocks, by our enterprising fellow townsman D. Ottinger, and others, is a specimen of accomplished workmanship, in regard to strength and speed. Her burden is, we understand, about six hundred tons, and from the shape of her hull and prow, we should think that when completed, she must bid fair to eclipse, by far, every thing now upon the lakes. No one can look at the hull now nearly complete, and not admire the immense strength with which she is studded and braced from every quarter.
Saturday, August 5, 1837
A steamboat of the first class will shortly be ready to launch. From the peculiar manner in which this boat has been constructed, it will, it is said, "go ahead" of anything now on the lakes.
As a place of shipbuilding, Erie stands second to none on the south shore of the lake.
August 17, 1837
LAUNCH. -- The new and large steamboat now building by the Erie Steamboat Company, at the foot of French Street, will be launched on Tuesday next, at 3 o'clock, P. M.
October 21, 1837
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We were an eye witness to the launch of the splendid steamboat, on Tuesday last (10/19). Hundreds were present, and among them the beauty and fashion of our borough. The scene was an imposing one. At the hour appointed the boat, which was handsomely decorated with flags, moved off in a graceful manner, amid the cheers of an admiring multitude; when the bottle was broken the word "ERIE" resounded through the air. The enlivening music of the Erie band and the report of a gun from the Revenue Cutter, added much to the scene.
The ERIE is of a beautiful model, and very substantially built. Her speed, it is said, will be 16 miles an hour. She will be finifhed by the opening of the Navigation, and is to be commanded by our townsman, Lieut. Ottinger of the cutter. Success attend the ERIE and her commander.
Erie Weekly Gazette
October 26, 1837
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Launch - The new steamboat ERIE was launched on Tuesday last. The Gazette says, she "is a beautiful model, and very substantially built. Her speed, it is said, will be sixteen miles an hour." The ERIE will be finished and out in the spring, commanded by Lieut. Ottinger of the Revenue Cutter.
Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
Saturday, October 28, 1837 p.2 c.4
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Launch. -- On Tuesday, agreeably to the notice in our last, the new steam boat building by the Erie Steam Boat Company at this place, was launched upon her destined element. Though the day was not as pleasant as could be desired, yet the crowd of spectators was immense. At the appointed hour, everything else being in readiness, a few blocks on which she rested were knocked from under her, when she settled upon the ways and sallied off, as if by attraction, to the bosom of the bay, receiving, as she struck the water, the proud and appropriate name of the town which gave her birth. We have witnessed the launching of a number of vessels, but never one which went off with so much grace and ease as this -- a presage, if we may indulge in superstitious whims, of her future prosperous career.
The ERIE is of about 550 tons burthen; of a model and style of workmanship materially different from those of any other boat on the lake; indicating that while she is light, her strength will be ample, and with a suitable engine her speed equal, to that of any thing which has yet been placed upon the lake. Her master builder, Mr. Cramer, has acquired much credit during the progress of the work for the superior manner in which every thing under his charge has been performed. It is the design of the proprietors to finish and furnish her in a style not excelled by any thing which floats upon the western waters. Lieut. Ottinger, now of the Revenue Cutter ERIE, it is understood, will take command of her when she takes her station (next spring) in the line; and from his proverbial gentlemanly deportation and skill as a navigator, (with the advantages above enumerated) we are persuaded no boat can offer more promising invitations to the patronage of the public.
October 28, 1837
The Launch. --- We were an eye witness to the launch of the splendid steamboat on Tuesday last. Hundreds were present, and among them the beauty and the Fashion of our borough. The scene was an imposing one. At the hour appointed the boat, which was handsomely decorated with flags, moved off in a graceful manner, amid the cheers of an admiring multitude; when the bottle was broken, the word "ERIE" resounded through the air. The enlivening music of the Erie band, and the report of a gun from the Revenue Cutter added much to the scene.
The ERIE is a beautiful model, and very substantially built. Her speed, it is said, will be sixteen miles an hour. She will be finished by the opening of Navigation, and is to be commanded by our townsman, Lieut. Ottingerof the cutter. Success attend the ERIE and her commander. --- Erie Gazette.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Saturday, October 28, 1837
Steam paddle ERIE. Of 497 tons gross. Built Erie, Pa., 1837. First home port, Presque Isle, Pa. DISPOSITION - Lost 1841 by burning off Silver Creek, N.Y., August 9, 1841, with the loss of 242 lives.
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