The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Porter (Steamboat), 1 Dec 1833

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A new steam boat was recently launched at Black Rock, of 400 tons burthen. She was built by Messrs. Carrick and Stanard, under the superintendence of Joseph G. Norton, Esq. and is owned by Messrs. Smith and Macy. She is 150 feet in length, and twenty seven feet breadth, exclusive of her guards. This is the fourth vessel, we understand, which has been launched at that place, this season.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      December 7, 1833 p.2 c.4

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The " GENERAL PORTER " -- A new Steam Boat, owned by Messrs. P. B. Porter, Capt. Norton and Smith and Macy of Buffalo, entered our harbor for the first time, on Tuesday last. She is a splendid vessel of 400 tons burthen, propelled by a low presure engine of 140 horse power. We were much pleased with the arrangement of her cabins, which are four in number. They are handsomely fitted up, and furnished in good style. She is to run, we understand, between Buffalo and Detroit.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Saturday, June 14, 1834 p.2 c.2

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      Port of Buffalo
      Steamboat Master Tonnage
      GENERAL PORTER James Norton 342.72
      Tonnage of Lake Erie, Oct. 1836
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 12, 1837

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General Porter (Steamboat), 1 Dec 1833