The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Apr 1868

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EARLY LAKE HISTORY - On Lake Ontario previous to 1799, and during that year, the following vessels were engaged in the commerce of the lake: The schooner Fair American, Captain Theophilus Pease. This vessel was owned by Mathew M. Man, of Oswego. Schooner Lark, Captain J. Goodwin. Island Packet, Captain Wm. Howell. Eagle, Captain Baldwin. May, Captain E. M. Tyler. Farmer, Captain Sam Carver. Also schooner Democrat. Shortly before the war the United States brig was built and commanded by Captain Woolsey. In 1809 the schooner Ontario of seventy tons was built by Porter, Barton & Co., at Lewiston, and sold to the United States during the war. The same year the schooner Cambria was built on an island at the lower end of Lake Ontario, and brought in an unfinished state to Lewiston, where she was purchased by Porter, Barton & Co., and her name changed to Niagara. In addition to the foregoing vessels, the following were in commission in 1810: Diana, Captain A. Montgomery. Sloop Marion, schooners Charles and Ann, Gold Hunter and Genesee Packet. Mathew M. Man, Townsend, Bronson & Co., Thomas H. Wentworth, and Captain Eagle were the principal owners and forwarders on Lake Ontario previous to the war of 1812. Quite a number of vessels, which were in the service of the government during the war, were afterwards sold and employed in the commerce of the lakes. From the close of the war up to 1819 and '20, but few were built. About the year 1815 mention is made of the brig Gen. Brock, schooners Union, Elizabeth and Maria, which varied in tonnage from 18 to 120 tons burthen. The Brock was lost on Long Point, Lake Erie. The Elizabeth was seized by the government and sold at Sandusky. The last-named vessels were owned by the Canada side of Lake Erie, as were also the Lady Provost, Rattlesnake and Lord Nelson. Of navigation of the lakes since 1820 there are many, even in the present day, familiar with its history and of the vessels which plied on the lakes, two of which, the Michigan and Superior, were purchased by speculators at Niagara Falls and sent over the falls, one in 1829, the other, we believe in 1831.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Apr 1868