The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Porter (Steamboat), 24 Jun 1834

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The GEN. PORTER, Capt. Norton, left Buffalo Harbor on Thursday evening last, at 7:00 P.M. and reached Detroit early on Saturday morning, stopping at all her regular intermediate ports. Left Detroit at 5:00 P.M. of the same day, and calling at several ports, laying something like 3 hours at anchor in Put-In-Bay, and off our harbor from 2 to 3 hours in consequence of fog, arrived at 5:00 A.M. yesterday morning. She thus run a distance of 700 miles, from Thursday evening until monday morning, laying by at least 24 hours during that time.
      Buffalo Patroit
      June 24, 1834 3-1

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Steam Boats.- Lake Erie is not only well supplied with Steam Boats, but many of them will bear comparison with any that float, either for elegance, convenience, strength or speed---always saving and excepting, in this last particular, Mr. Burden's "two cigars with a floor thereon," of which we know nothing, and can learn nothing. 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 General Porter, are J. Carrick and A Stanard; the engine, which is a superiour [sic] piece of machinery, was manufactured by Gibson, Grayson & Co., Black Rock.
The Daniel Webster, also, a new boat, is one of a superiour 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.
It gives us pleasure to record facts like these; because, while it bears testimony to the advantagement of science, and the enterprise of our citizens, it discloses to the publick the additional and growing facilities these are daily placing at their command.
      Buffalo Whig
      25 June 1834, p. 3, c. 2

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General Porter (Steamboat), 24 Jun 1834