The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Illinois (Brig), 3 Jun 1834

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LAUNCHED. -- On Saturday last, from the shipyard of Mr. G. W. Jones, at Black River, Ohio, a fine brig, of from 200 to 220 tons burthen, called the " INDIANA" of Buffalo," to be commanded by Capt. Charles Burnett, of this city.
ANOTHER.---Launched on Tuesday last, from the ship yard of Messrs. Carrick and Bidwell, in this city, a beautiful brig, of from 200 to 220 tons burthen, bearing the name of another sister state " ILLINOIS," to be commanded by Capt. Robert Wagstaff, of this city. Ladies and gentlemen's cabins are composed of state-rooms. These two elegant vessels are the largest on the lakes, and are to be fitted up in a superior style for the accommodation of passengers, and will take their place in Messrs. Pratt, Taylor & Co. Eagle Line, by the 15th. of June, to run between this port and Detroit, Mackinac, St. Joseph, M. T., Chicago, Ill., and Michigan City, Ind. --- Buffalo Bul.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Saturday, June 7, 1834 p.2 c.3

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 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 for-off realms. She will take the Lake, probably, in all this week, upon her first voyage.
      Buffalo Whig
      June 18, 1834
Brig ILLINOIS. Of 209.31 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1834 by John Carrick. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Owned by W.F.P. Taylor. Captain Robert Wagstaff. 99.0 x 25.2 x 9.5 One Deck. Two masts. Figurehead.
      Enrollment No. 21 of 1834, dated Buffalo June 4, 1834
CARVING. -- We were on Saturday last, very much pleased with a view of a piece of Carving, intended for the stern of Messrs. Pratt, Taylor & Co's new and splendid Brig ILLINOIS. In point of mechanical execution, we should consider it superior to anything of the kind ever before seen in this city, and reflects great credit on Mr. Werden, by whom it was done.
      Western Star [Buffalo]
      August 11, 1834
      For Michigan, Indiana and Illinois,
      The new and splendid Brig ILLINOIS, (Burthen 210 tons, cabins composed
      of state rooms) Capt. R. Wagstaff, will sail from the wharf of the subscribers
      for Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Michigan City and Chicago on the 10th day of
      October next, weather permitting. For freight or passage, having good
      accommodations, apply to the Master on board or Pratt, Taylor & Co.
      Western Star [Buffalo]
      September 19, 1834

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Illinois (Brig), 3 Jun 1834