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Charles Townsend (Steamboat), 8 Nov 1834


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LAUNCH. - The Steamboat CHARLES TOWNSEND, is to be launched from the ship yard of Messrs. Carrick & Bidwell, today at 11 o'clock, A.M.
      Western Star, Buffalo
      Saturday, November 8, 1834

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      ANOTHER STEAMBOAT LAUNCHED. - Saturday last, a Steamboat was launched from the yard of Carrick & Bidwell; she was christened CHARLES TOWNSEND, and owned by Townsend, Coit & Co. --- Capt. Simeon Fox, is to command her.
      Buffalo Daily Star
      Monday, November 10, 1834

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Launch. - The Steamboat CHARLES TOWNSEND, Will be launched from the Ship-yard of Camck & Bidwell on Saturday next at I 1 o'clock, A.M.
      Buffalo Whig
      November 5, 1834 p. 2, c. 6

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Another Steam-Boat Launch- The CHARLES TOWNSEND, was successfully launched from the Ship Yard of Messrs. Carrick & Bidwell, on the 9th inst. amid the joyous plaudits of a crowd of citizens, who forgot the feelings naturally engendered by the recent political struggle, in witnessing this additional proof of our commercial prosperity. This vessel is of the first class, will have a powerful low pressure Engine, and be tastefully furnished, and ready for the Lake, on the re-opening of navigation. She is owned by Messrs. Townsend, Coit & Co., S.Thompson & Co., and others, and will he commanded by Capt. Simeon Fox, late of the Steam-Boat ENTERPRISE. Her model and appearance afloat, do great credit to her skilful builders: and we hope her success may tend to remunerate the enterprise and energy of her proprietors.
      Buffalo Whig
      November 11, 1834 p. 2, c. 6

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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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      Steam Boat CHARLES TOWNSEND. - This beautiful Boat, which was launched from the ship yard of Carrick & Bidwell, in this city, last fall, has made several trips this season and fully justifies the expectations of her proprietors. She is a trim built, substantial vessel, of 319 tons, and sits upon her native waters 'like a thing of life.' Her length is 135 on deck; extreme width 40 [obscure] power. There are [?] berths in her Ladies cabin, exclusive of state rooms; in the Gentlemen's cabin, 22 - accommodating about 80 passengers, beside
steerage.
      The TOWNSEND is commanded by Capt. Simeon Fox, and owned by S. Thompson & Co., Townsend, Coit & Co., Capt. Fox, and others.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, June 4, 1835

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      Port of Buffalo
      Steamboat Master Tonnage
CHARLES TOWNSEND Simeon Fox 312.58
      Tonnage of Lake Erie, Oct. 1836
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 12, 1837

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Steam paddle CHARLES TOWNSEND. Of 312 tons. Built Buffalo N.Y., 1835. First home port, Buffalo, N.T. DISPOSITION:-- Abandoned 1849.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868


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1834
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William R. McNeil
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Charles Townsend (Steamboat), 8 Nov 1834