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Thomas Jefferson (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1834


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Another Steam boat in the Water.- On Thursday last the splendid new Steamboat built at this place by Col. C. M. Reed, was placed upon her destined element, amid peals of can- non and the shouts of thousands of spectators congregrated [sic] to witness the display. This is one of the largest class of steam boats-well calculated for speed; and we understand is to be finished in a style unsurpassed by any other on this lake. She is to bear the honoured and honourable name of THOMAS JEFFERSON.- Erie Obs.
      Buffalo Whig
      July 23, 1834
     
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      NEW STEAM BOAT. - We learn, by the Erie Observer, that on Thursday last, another Steam Boat was launched at that place, built by Col. C.M. Reed. The editor says "She was placed upon her destined element, amid peals of cannon and the shouts of thousands of spectators, congregated to witness the display. This is one of the largest class of steam boats---well calculated for speed; and we understand is to be finished in a style unsurpassed by any other on this lake. She is to bear the honoured and honourable name of THOMAS JEFFERSON.
      Western Star, Buffalo
      July 27, 1834

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THOMAS JEFFERSON. --This is the name of another floating castle, or Steam-Boat, which came into port last week. She is just from the stocks, at Erie, Pa. and is principally owned by Col. Chas. M. Reed, of Erie, and Smith & Marcy of this city. She lies at Main st, wharf where her work is being completed. She is to be driven by one of Allaire's square engines, with nine feet stroke; and will be out on the opening of navigation. Her very great length, and substantial build, give the THOMAS JEFFERSON, a very imposing appearance.
      Buffalo Whig
      November 26, 1834 p. 2, c. 7

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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.
      MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA,
      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
      HENRY CLAY,
      British Do.
      MINESSETUNK, THAMES,
      ADELAIDE.
      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.
      Buffalo Whig
      December 17, 1834
     
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      The business on the lake has opened very brisk this season. The steam boats run very thick and are well loaded. The new steam ship THOMAS JEFFERSON, built and principally owned by Col. Reed, of this place, has made her first trip, and has equalled, indeed, exceeded the most sanguine expectations of her proprietors. In point of size, finish, accomodations, and we believe speed, she will exceed anything on the lakes, and has probably but few superiors on the American waters.
      Erie Gazette
      May 14, 1835
     
     

      The THOMAS JEFFERSON. - The steam ship bearing this venerated and "mighty name," had performed her trips since the opening of the season to the admiration of all. Her accommodations and general arrangements have universally pleased the numerous passengers who have shared the comforts and the pleasures of a passage in this "floating palace." Her speed was tested on her recent trip, as mentioned in a paragraph in our yesterday's paper, having made the passage to Detroit and back in about 50 hours running time.
The JEFFERSON is commanded by Capt. Wilkins, and was built at Erie, by Captain Jenkins, for Charles M. Reed, of that place, Smith & Macy, of this city, and L. Abbott, of Detroit. She is the largest boat on the western lakes [fold in paper] draught of water, seven feet; low pressure engine, 160 horse power, made by Allaire, of New York. Her cabins are spacious and splendidly fitted up. The Ladies cabin contains 24 berths; the Gentlemen's 46. Beside these, there are on deck, 11 state rooms, containing in all, 24 berths. The steerage has 48 double berths, but is to be appropriated during the trip to the Upper Lakes, for the accommodation of cabin passengers.
      The JEFFERSON leaves to-morrow, for Chicago; touching at all the principal ports on the way.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, June 5, 1835 p.2, c.2

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Steam paddle THOMAS JEFFERSON. Of 428 tons. Built 1835 at Presuqe Isle, Pa. First home port, Presque Isle, Pa. DISPOSITION:- Rig changed to elevator in 1844.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A,
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
     


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1834
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William R. McNeil
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Thomas Jefferson (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1834