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Daniel Webster (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1834


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The steam boat DANIEL WEBSTER arrived at this port, yesterday from Buffalo. This is a splendid vessel which was built at Black Rock, last season, and received the name of the distinguished statesman whose name she bears, at the time Mr. Webster was in Buffalo, on his tour through the Western States.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Saturday, April 26, 1834 p.3 c.3

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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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      1834 -- EAGLE LINE.
The new and splendid Steam packet DANIEL WEBSTER, [propelled by one of Mr. James P. Allaire's best and most powerful engines, low pressure;) Capt. MORRIS TYLER, an old and experienced seaman.
      [times & dates]
This Boat, one of the largest class, has splendid accommodations for 100 Cabin passengers. State Rooms, and Ladies' Cabin on deck, a large commodious and airy Forward Cabin for Emigrants, to whose comfort very particular attention will at all times be paid, and having speed equal, if not superiour [sic] to any Sea Boat afloat, will perform her Trips, stopping at the above ports regularly, unless prevented by stress of weather. Baggage, Freight or Packages, will be received on board, only at the risk of the owners thereof. Apply to Capt. TYLER on board, or to
PRATT,TAYLOR& CO. Buffalo.
      REFER TO
Eli Hart, Dows & Co. No. 78 Cortlandt St. New-York; Dows, Cary, Prosser & Co. Albany; Wheeler & Ransom, Cleveland, O. j Hollister & Co. Sandusky, 0.; Howard & Wadhams, Detroit, M.T., May 1834
      Buffalo Whig
      June 25, 1834
     
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      EAGLE LINE--1834
      LAKES ERIE, HURON & MICHIGAN
      PRATT. TAYLOR & CO.. Agents, Buffalo, N.Y.
      S. Boat D. WEBSTER
      GOV. MARCY
      Ohio
      Brig ILLINOIS
      INDIANA
      Schr. GLOBE
      UNITED STATES
      CINCINNATI
      RED ROVER
      WASHINGTON LINE, ERIE CANAL EAGLE LINE, OHIO CANAL.
      refer to
Eli Hart, Dows & Co. No. 78 Cortlandt St. New-York; Dows, Cary, Prosser & Co. Albany; Wheeler & Ransom, Cleveland, 0.; Hollister & Co. Sandusky, O.; Howard & Wadhams, Detroit, M.T. -- May 1834.
      Buffalo Whig
      June 25, 1834
     
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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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      The DANIEL WEBSTER. - This staunch boat, whose decks were swept by flames last winter as with the besom [?] of destruction, has had her upper works entirely renewed, and is fitting up again with increased elegance and improved arrangements. Though not yet completely finished, she has already performed several trips, with her usual speed and success. The name of this boat is a synonym of power, utility, and grandeur; and she stems the billows with a majesty like that with which the distinguished statesman whose figure adorns her prow, holds on his lofty and honorable way, amid the angry surges of the
factious elements around him.
      The WEBSTER is of 376 tons burden, length of deck 150 feet; greatest width, 48; depth of hold 10 1/2. She is propelled by one of J.P. Allaire's low pressure engines, of 120 horse power. Her Ladies cabin has been rebuilt on a plan entirely different from the former one - having the berths which it contains wholly included in state rooms, which line both sides of the apartment these are ten in number - eight with three berths each, and two with six each;
making 36 in all. The Gentlemen's cabin has 42 berths. The steerage cabin, in the new arrangement, is above deck, by which the free ventilation so desirable, is full secured, and ample room afforded for the stowing of wood below. This cabin contains 24 double berths, and 12 single, with two state rooms attached, of three berths each.
      The WEBSTER is commanded by Capt. Tyler, and owned by Pratt, Taylor & Co. of this city, and Brewster, Smart & Co. of Detroit.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, June 6, 1835 p.2, c.2

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      Port of Buffalo
      Steamboat Master Tonnage
BANIEL WEBSTER Morris Tyler 358.10
      Tonnage of Lake Erie, Oct. 1836
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 12, 1837

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new vessel
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1834
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William R. McNeil
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Daniel Webster (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1834