The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lake Erie (Propeller), 22 May 1873

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St. Catharines, May 22 - LAUNCH - A splendid propeller was launched this afternoon from the shipyard of Mr. Simpson, at lock No. 5 on the Welland Canal. She is full canal size, and of beautiful model. She is owned by the Lake & River Steamboat Co., of Hamilton, P. Larkin of St. Catharines also having an interest in her. The new craft is named the LAKE ERIE, and will be commanded by Capt. Perritte, an experienced toiler of the sea.
      The Toronto Mail
      Friday, May 23, 1873

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A new propeller named the LAKE ERIE was launched from the yard of Mr. Simpson, at St. Cathrines, Thursday of last week. She is owned by the Lake & River Steamboat Co., of Hamilton, and is full canal size.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 27, 1873 3-5

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      Vessel Register
Name LAKE ERIE Port Register Number - 82
Type Propeller
Port Hamilton
Tons 367 Remeasured as 464.01 tons June 1877
When Built 1873
Where Built St. Catharines

Builders name & date of Certificate:- J. Simpson, May 26, 1873
Description of vessel:- Surveyor, J.B. Benson
Length. 136 feet
Breadth. 23 feet & four tenths
Depth of hold 7 feet & four tenths
Decks. Two
Masts One
Bowsprit. None
Stern. round
Figure-head without
How rigged propeller Carvel built
Masters name J. Peritt [?]

      Subscribing owners :- Lake & River Steamship Navigation Co.
      Registers Note:- FOUNDERED ON LAKE MICHIGAN ON THE 24th. NOV. 1881
      Certificate cancelled.
      Port of Hamilton Vessel Register
      1846 to 1874 Vol. 362

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Lake Erie (Propeller), 22 May 1873