The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William Penn (Steamboat), 19 Aug 1826

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The new steam boat WILLIAM PENN arrived in our harbor on Wednesday last in fine style. It was her first trip from a sister port and state, and we were pleased with the courtesy she received by a salute from the Terrace and its return from on board. She is a vessel of beautiful model, and bears on her stem a bust of the enlightened "Friend" and Philanthropist after whom she was named, the founder of Pennsylvania Her tonnage is 217, She has a powerful low pressure engine of about 60 horse power, and her speed will probably exceed any boat on the Lake. She was built, and principally owned at Erie. She is commanded by Capt. J.F. Wright, whose long experience in sailing the lake entitles him to the public confidence. We trust that the enterprising proprietors, (all citizens of the west,) will merit and receive a full share of the public patronage.
      On Thursday afternoon the citizens of the Village were invited to a sail of pleasure in the WILLIAM PENN, a numerous party were highly gratified with the excursion, and pleased with the urbanity and politeness of Capt. Wight.
      Buffalo Emporium
      August 19, 1826

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William Penn (Steamboat), 19 Aug 1826