The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Pilot (Steamboat), 1 Sep 1845


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We understand that the steamboat that has been built at Union City, for the navigation of the river, was launched a week or two since. Quite a concourse of people were in attendance, and everything went off in fine order. The boat which was named the PILOT sits as lightly as a swan upon the water. She is 90 ft. in length, and 17 in width, calculated to carry 20 or 30 tons. In an experimental trip with over 150 passengers, she only drew 9 inches of water. Her owners were highly delighted with the result of the trip. She is expected to go down to Mishawaka some time next week. If this boat shall finally succeed in running the St. Joe' up to Union City, it will be of immense value to this county. The inhabitants of Union City seem determined to try what can be done.
      They are now putting up a large blast furnace for the manufacturing of iron from the ore. Their facilities for that purpose are unrivaled, and their beds of ore inexhaustible. We wish them success, and say to the PILOT "Go ahead steamboat." - Centreville (Mich.) Advertiser.
      Union City is located in the northeast corner of Calhoun County, adjoining Branch, and about 180 miles from Lake Michigan by the course of the river. If steamboat navigation can be thus far extended, it will be of great advantage to the surrounding country, which is rich and fertile, and produces large quantities of wheat, at least until the Southern Railway can be extended. It is true, produce sent by this route, has to make a long circuitous journey before reaching the eastern market, but the cost of transportation may be less notwithstanding. They have chosen a good name for their steamboat, as PILOTS are always bound to "go ahead" either upon the land or up the water.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Saturday, October 4, 1845

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NEW TONNAGE Mr. Hammond, Deputy Collector of the Port of Detroit furnishes the following list of new vessels, registered in that District during the past seven months.-

      DISTRICT OF DETROIT

Steamboat BOSTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 757.80 tons
      " DETROIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.71 "
      " ALGOMAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71.40 "
      " INDIANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57.28 "
      " MISHAWAKA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.11 "
      " ALBANY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 669.36 "
Propeller GOLIATH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279.63 "
Barque UTICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334.33 "
Brig ELLEN PARKER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332.92 "
      " C.J. HUTCHINSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341.42 "
      " OLIVER RICHMOND .(rebuilt new) . . . . . . 216.00 "
      " DAVID SMART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203.14 "
Schooner SARANAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38.73 "
      " C.Y. RICHMOND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229.42 "
      " METEOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.03 "
      " JOHN ARMSTRONG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.00 "
      " GALLINIPPER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144.80 "
      " ST. CLAIR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.14 "
      " CLEMENTINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18.53 "
      " JULIUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33.65 "
      " SWEET HOME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46.38 "
      " N.C. WALTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127.41 "
      " NEW HAMPSHIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99.31 "
      " FORRESTER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107.52 "
      " B.G. ALLEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26.25 "
      " MARY ANN LARNED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70.33 "
Sloop BUFFALO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.56 "
      " MORNING STAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38.16 "
      " SUN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.75 "
      " CHINA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60.54 "
      Built and building, but not Licensed yet
Steamboat MICHIGAN . . . . . . . . . . . . about . . . . . . . . 650 tons
      " SAM WARD . . . . . . . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . 450 "
      " PILOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . 35 " *
      " EMPIRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . 50 "
Propeller ODD FELLOW. . . . . . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . 200 "
Schooner ALVIN CLARK . . . . . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . 220 "
      " JOHN YOUNG . . . . . . . . . . . " . . . . . . . . 30 "
Steamboats SULTANA and A.D. PATCHIN, built and taken to other Districts for License.
      One large class boat building by Mr. Phillips at Port Huron, and one by Captain Walker at St. Clair.
      Buffalo Daily Courier & Pilot
      Friday, December 18, 1846


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launch, Union City
Date of Original:
1845
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McN.E.3372
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Pilot (Steamboat), 1 Sep 1845