"The Ships of War are Coming In." -- To the immense number of vessels navigation Lake Erie, is about to be added a class rendered famous, in former days and the sight of which, engaged in commerce, will be calculated to awaken the patriotic feelings of every American beholder. The vessels composing a part of the glorious fleet of the victor Perry, with a number of the prizes taken from the enemy in the ever memorable battle of the 10th of Sept., 1813, which have since the close of the late war, sunk in this harbor, have lately become the property of Messrs. Miles and Leach of this place, are to be fitted up for Lake trade. The QUEEN CHARLOTTE, (a prize) was raised on Monday last. Her timbers were found to be perfectly sound. She is to be repaired and rigged for a brig this season. The LAWRENCE, (American) and the DETROIT (prize) are to be raised immediately -- the former intended to be converted to a steam boar. ---- Erie Observer
Cleveland Weekly Advertiser
Thursday, January 20, 1835; 3; 1.
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"PERRY'S FLEET AGAIN UPON LAKE ERIE!. - A part of the fleet of the gallant Perry, together with several of the prizes taken by him in the memorable action of the 20th. of September 1813, which were sunk in the harbor at Erie, Pa., at the close of the war, have been purchased by Capt. George Miles and Abiel A.Q. Leach, of that place; and are again to float upon the waters of lake Erie, engaged in the peaceful transportation of commerce.
By a letter from Capt. Miles, dated the 20th. inst., we learn that he has succeeded in raising the QUEEN CHARLOTTE, one of the prizes taken from the British, and that her timbers prove perfectly sound. She has two decks, the middle one admirably calculated for berths, 90 or 95 feet long, by 23 or 24 feet wide. The upper deck is a fine one, and "sound as hickory." She will be rigged as a brig, and designed for the Chicago trade---her extensive cabin affording excellent accommodations for emigrants, and her numerous ports and hatchways admitting of free ventilation between decks, so important to the health and comfort of passengers. She will always be able to carry merchandize safe from damage, it being all stowed under decks.
The Erie Observer also states, that the LAWRENCE, (Perry's flag ship) and the DETROIT (taken from the British) are to be raised immediately. The former is to be converted into a steam-boat.
We may expect them in our harbour next season. It will be an interesting spectacle to see these veteran relicks of that gallant squadron which, nearly a quarter of a century ago, so proudly vindicated the naval prowess of our brave seamen, again floating on the waves which bore them to victory, where the immortal commander "met the enemy," and made them "ours."
Buffalo Daily Star
Monday, February 2, 1835
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QUEEN CHARLOTTE.- Those familiar with the incidents of the last war with Great Britain, will recollect that the Brig QUEEN CHARLOTTE was among the trophies of the memorable victory of our gallant little fleet on Lake Erie, commanded by the chivalrous Perry. At the close of the war, this vessel, together with the American Ships LAWRENCE and NIAGARA, were sunk in the har- bour at Erie, for their better preservation. Capt. Miles, one of the enterprising navigators of our western Lakes, purchased the QUEEN CHARLOTTE, raised her in good condition from the bed where she had reposed near twenty years, and finding her timbers in perfect preservation, has refitted the vessel in good style, and she has already taken her place in the new line of packets established by our enterprising fellow citizens, Messrs. Pratt, Taylor & Co., to run regularly between this port and Chicago. The QUEEN CHARLOTTE, made her first appearance in Buffalo Creek on Monday evening last, and her present employment and past history are well calcu- lated to excite associations and reflections alike gratifying to our national and local pride.
Buffalo Whig & Journal
June 10, 1835
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THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE. - This trophy of our nations victorious war, now lying in our harbor, attracts much attention. We understand, she is to be finished in about a fortnight, when she will take her place in the "Eagle Line" of Chicago Packets [???] by Messrs. Pratt, Taylor & Co. Her after cabins are fitted up in superior style, and are arranged in state rooms, with two berths each. Her forward cabins are also commodious and well calculated for the accommodations of [?].
The QUEEN CHARLOTTE [much obscured] near Detroit, where they were put together: they present even after this lapse of time, a fabric of uncommon strength. Her length of deck is 96 feet; breadth of beam 24; depth of hold 12; burden 300 tons.
The LAWRENCE and DETROIT, which are yet to be raised from their bed in the harbor at Erie, are to be up the encuing fall, and may be looked for in our waters early next season. The LAWRENCE is 25 feet longer than the QUEEN CHARLOTTE, and is to be ship rigged. The DETROIT will be bark-rigged like the [?] vessel.
The QUEEN CHARLOTTE is commanded by Capt. Cotton, and owned by Pratt, Taylor & Co., and Capt. Miles.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Friday, June 12, 1835 p.2, c.3
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The QUEEN CHARLOTTE visited our harbor on Friday last. This was one of the British squadron captured by Commodore Perry in the memorable naval action on Lake Erie, Sept. 11, 1813. Soon after the action, she was taken with others to Presque Isle, near Erie, Pa., and sunk in the harbor, where they have remained till recently, when being bought of the government by Messrs. Pratt, Taylor & Co., of Buffalo, she was raised, and fitted out for the Lake trade as a full rigged brig. Her timbers, notwithstanding their long submersion, were sound, and she has cost less in repairs than was anticipated. Her main cabin is handsomely fitted out with state-rooms, &c. For the accommodation of passengers, and there are likewise conveniences for steerage passengers. Burthen about 256 tons. Although not built on the American model, she has the appearance of being a good seaboat. We understand she is intended for the Buffalo and Chicago trade.
Cleveland Weekly Herald
Thursday, June 30, 1835