Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commodore Perry (Steamboat), 21 Mar 1835
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COMMODORE PERRY. - This large and beautiful steamboat, came into port on the 21st instant, and is now at the foot of Louisiana Avenue, where she will soon receive the remainder of her machinery, and be prepared to place herself on the list, in rivalry with the other floating palaces of the lake. The PERRY is every way worthy of the name she bears, in strength and beauty, and will be no small addition to the steamboat accommodation of Lake Erie. We have examined every part of this boat, and are of the opinion, that the arrangements throughout are superior to any other boat now on Lake Erie. The state rooms and ladies cabin are admirably situated for the convenience and comfort of their inmates, and will constitute an additional inducement to travel in this boat, to those (fold in paper) boat now afloat.
      In addition to the ordinary state rooms and cabins, there are large state rooms, where whole families may be accommodated without being disturbed or annoyed by other passengers, and far better calculated to promote the comfort of families in crossing the lake, than any arrangement we have seen elsewhere. Before the boat leaves our port for Buffalo, we shall attempt a description of her internal structure and furniture.
      The above is from the Miami Of The Lake, of the 24th ult. Messrs. Joy & Webster are agents for the PERRY, at this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 6, 1835

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      THE COMMODORE PERRY. - A new steamboat bearing the proud title which has shed such luster upon the name of Erie, came into our port yesterday in gallant style. Through the politeness of Capt. Wilkeson, her commander, we were favored with an inspection of her throughout. She was built at Perrysburg, O., by Capt. Aug. Jones, for John Hollister & Co. of Perrysburg, Joy & Webster, of this city and Capt. Wilkeson - joiner work done by Mr. J.P. Johnson. Her burden is 359 tons, length of deck 150 feet, extreme width 48; engine 180 horse power.
      The PERRY has been fitted out in a style combining elegance and utility; and in model and finish does credit to the skill of her western artisans, her cabin are lofty and spacious, richly and tastefully furnished. The one appropriated to the Ladies, has 12 berths, with 5 staterooms attached, containing 2 berths each, together with [obscure] The Gentlemen's cabin has 31 [?] berths. There is an improvement in the model [obscure] passengers [fold] the men and women passengers are provided with seperate cabins - the one for the former being below, containing 28 large berths; that for the latter on deck with 18 berths.
      A naval piece carved by Werden of this city, for the PERRY, has been fitted to her tafferel, and forms a most appropriate adornment. A representation of Perry's Battle, is painted on the space above the stern windows, producing, in connection with the carved design above the happiest effect.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, May 30, 1835 p.2, c.3

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Commodore Perry (Steamboat), 21 Mar 1835