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.
June 18, 1834
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LAKES ERIE, HURON & MICHIGAN
PRATT. TAYLOR & CO.. Agents, Buffalo, N.Y.
S. Boat D. WEBSTER
WASHINGTON LINE, ERIE CANAL EAGLE LINE, OHIO CANAL.
Eli Hart, Dows & Co. No. 78 Cortlandt St. New-York; Dows, Cary, Prosser & Co. Albany; Wheeler & Ransom, Cleveland, 0.; Hollister & Co. Sandusky, O.; Howard & Wadhams, Detroit, M.T. -- May 1834.
June 25, 1834
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NEW VESSELS. -- Several new vessels have arrived in port within a few days, from different ports west, where they have been constructed. We have not the names of all. The schooners BRIDGET, Capt. Lundy; the HENRY NORTON, Capt. Oliver, the INDIANA, Capt. Whitaker, and the Brig INDIANA, Capt. Burnett, are among the number. We noticed, recently, the Brig ILLINOIS, built here, by Pratt, Taylor & Co. The INDIANA, now arrived, is her twin mate; two hundred and fifteen tuns burden, completely found, in all respects, and destined for the same service -- the trade of the far west. She is a lofty and noble vessel, and her finely tapered spars tower above the fleet in port, "like the masts of some tall admiral." (part)
July 16, 1834 p. 3, c. 1
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The new Brig ILLINOIS, Capt. R. Wagstaff, arrived here last week; she was built by Pratt, Taylor & Co., of Buffalo, destined as a packet between that place and Chicago. Her dining cabin has six state-rooms, with two large berths in each, and a large ladies' cabin splendidly furnished; she is capable of carrying over 250 tons, and is decidedly the finest and fleetest vessel on the western waters, On her trip up, her young captain offered a "tow line" to everything that hove in sight -- even the " MICHIGAN," (Schooner, we mean,) knocked under. - Detroit Free Press
Western Star, Buffalo
Wednesday, July 23, 1834
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The splendid new brig ILLINOIS, Capt. R. Wagstaff, arrived here last week: she was built by Pratt, Taylor & Co. of Buffalo, destined as a packet between that place and Chicago. Her dining cabin has six state rooms with two large berths in each, and a large ladies cabin splendidly furnished: she is capable of [...] and is decidedly the fleetest vessel on the western waters. On her trip up, her young captain offered a 'tow line' to every thing that hove in sight, even the MICHIGAN [schr. we mean] knocked under. -- Detroit Free Press.
July 30, 1834