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General Porter (Steamboat), 10 Jun 1834


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The GENERAL PORTER, Capt. Walter Norton.- We were of the number who visited the GENERAL PORTER while in this port, and cannot better express our perfect coincidence with the editors of the Bulletin, than copying his following very accurate description:
      "The new stmr. GEN. PORTER, Capt. Norton, came into our harbor on Thursday last, and was visited by a large number of citizens, who were highly gratified with her construction, and the peculiar neatness and taste displayed in the arrangement of her cabins. The length of the GENERAL PORTER is 147 1/2 ft. on deck, and 130 ft. keel; breadth of beam 28 ft.; depth of hold 9 1/2 ft., and her burthen rated at 400 tons. She is propelled by a powerful low pressure engine of 140 horse power, and is calculated to become one of the swiftest boats on the lake. Her Ladies cabin and Gentleman's cabins are aft of the engine; the ladies on deck, containing 16, and the Gentlemen's below containing 32 berths. The steerage below, containing 26 berths; and a fourth on deck, tastefully fitted up with 12 berths, being an addition to the ordinary number of cabins upon other boats. She is to run between this port and Detroit. Owners, Gen. P.B. Porter, Capt. Norton, Smith & Macy, and others. Smith & Macy, Agents, Buffalo.
      Buffalo Emporium
      June 10, 1834

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      THE GENERAL PORTER. -- A new Steam Boat, owned by Messrs. P. B. Porter, Capt. Norton and Smith & 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 pressure 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

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      STEAM BOATS. -- The GENERAL PORTER, Capt. Norton, a new boat, returned to port on Monday last, and is found to acquit herself in a highly satisfactory manner -- She left here, for Detroit, on Thursday evening last, at 7 o'clock, and returned here on Monday morning at 5 o'clock. She made her regular stops both ways, at the side ports, and lost twenty-four hours at anchor, on account of foul weather -- thus running nearly 700 miles in fifty-eight hours, including all her stops, except those occasioned by stress of weather. The builders of the GEN. PORTER, are J. Carrick and A. Stanard; the engine, which is a superior piece of machinery, was manufactured by Gibson, Grayson & Co., Black Rock.
      The DANIEL WEBSTER, also a new boat, is one of a superior class, and great speed. Upon her ninth trip, this boat reached Detroit in thirty hours, and returned in thirty-two -- making all the usual stops at the side ports, both ways. We believe she had the same builders as the PORTER. Her engine was from New York. There are other boats, we believe several, which probably are as deserving of commendation as these, but have not at hand data from which to draw particulars.
      Buffalo Whig
      June 25, 1834, p. 3, c. 2

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      LAKE ERIE STEAM BOATS.
      We have frequent inquiries, from distant places, concerning the Steam Boats of these waters.
The following is an extract of a letter to us, received yesterday, and dated. BOSTON, Mass., Dec. 8, 1834
"Of your city, and the region west of it, we know, in fact, but little; and form, for the most part, but very erroneous conclusions, in relation to either. We hear, often, of Lake Erie Steam boats, but know nothing of the number, and hardly more of their general character. If not too much trouble, may I ask that you will favour me with the names of the several Steam Boats upon Erie, and the more western lakes? Any facts relating to the business character of Buffalo, &c. would also be acceptable, should leisure permit. "
In compliance with the request of our correspondent, we have obtained from a gentleman who is an extensive owner the names of all our Steam Boats, and those of the British, which we subjoin.
We given them in this form, rather than in a private letter, that it may meet the eye of others, who are making similar inquiries.
      American Steam Boats on Erie and the Upper. Lakes.
      MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA,
      THOMAS JEFFERSON, OHIO,
      SANDUSKY, GOVERNOR MARCY,
      GENERAL PORTER, DETROIT,
      DANIEL WEBSTER, OLIVER NEWBERRY,
      UNITED STATES, ENTERPRISE,
      CHARLES TOWNSEND, DELAWARE,
      NORTH AMERICA, WILLIAM PEACOCK,
      OLIVER H. PERRY, NIAGARA,
      MONROE, GENERAL BRADY,
      NEW-YORK, GENERAL GRATIOT,
      SUPERIOR, ANDREW JACKSON,
      UNCLE SAM, VICTORY,
      SHELDON THOMPSON, CAROLINE,
      WILLIAM PENN, MAJOR JACK DOWNING
      HENRY CLAY,
      British Do.
      MINESSETUNK, THAMES,
      ADELAIDE.
      Of the character of our Boats for strength, speed and elegance, we may challenge any water to a comparison. Many of them are of the largest class, and all well found.
Of facts relating to the business character of our city, we can at this moment do no more than refer our correspondent to our advertising columns; but will write him in a few days, in detail upon the subject.
      Buffalo Whig
      December 17, 1834
     
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new vessel
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1834
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McN.E.3414
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William R. McNeil
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General Porter (Steamboat), 10 Jun 1834