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Champion (Steamboat), 20 Jul 1843


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A new steamboat was recently launched at New Port, Mich., called the CHAMPION. She is 140 feet keel, 20 feet beam, and 9 feet 6 hold, with a powerful engine from the Noveltry Works, N. York. E. B. Ward is to command her, and as soon as completed will be placed on the route between Detroit and Chicago.
      Erie Gazette
      July 27, 1843

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Steamboat Launch.-- The steamboat CHAMPION, built at Newport, in this county, by Messrs. Wards, and under the direction of Captain Church of Huron, Ohio, was launched on the 4th inst. It is, perhaps needless to say from the high reputation of Capt. Church as a skillfull and scientific ship builder, that the CHAMPION for model, build and proportions, is a "little the finest craft on these waters," notwithstanding he has turned out so many superb boats, and among them, that floating palace, the Great Western. Yet, we venture to say, that in symmetry, model and build, the CHAMPION will vie with any boat on the Western waters. As to that very requisite qualification, speed, we very much misjudge if she does not prove, should she chance to fall in with some of our "crack boats," what her name indicates, the CHAMPION. Her dimensions are as follows:
Length of Keel, 140 feet, Length of deck, 144 feet, Breadth of beam, 20 feet, Extreme breadth, 37 feet, Depth of hold, 9 feet 6 inches, draft of water with engine, 4 feet 6 inches. And furnished with a powerful engine, built at the "Novelty works, New York," with a 8 feet stroke, and 31 inch cylinder--boiler 20 feet long and 8 feet in diameter.
It is the intention of Messrs. Wards to run their boat during the season, from Buffalo to Detroit, as an opposition boat; and in view of the somewhat exhorbitant rates charged by the combination boat s from Buffalo to Detroit, we imagine she will be well patronized.
Captain E. B. Ward, one of the owners, and a gentlemanly and experienced navigator, has her in command, and expects to be afloat about the 1st of August.-- St. Clair Banner.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      July 20, 1843

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The new opposition boat CHAMPION, left yesterday afternoon on her first trip to Buffalo, with a full load of passengers.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      August 16, 1843

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Unprecedented Speed.--The CHAMPION, Capt. Ward’s new boat, which runs in opposition to the Combination, left this city last Tuesday evening for Buffalo, and returned on Saturday morning, having performed the trip in 84 hours, including all stoppages and 24 hours detention at Buffalo. She made the run from Buffalo to this city in 28 hurs. She will leave again for Buffalo tomorrow.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      August 21, 1843

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      The CHAMPION, is the name of Capt. Ward’s new steamer, which has been built at Newport, Michigan, during the present season, and which entered our harbor for the first time today. She is low pressure-- of medium size, being 270 tons burden, and compactly and strongly put together. Her engine is from Novelty Works, N. Y. and much admired for its high finish and simplicity. Cammeron & Adams have the credit of furnishing the upholstery in their usual good taste. It is understood that the Champion will run without reference to the Lake consolidation, and in connexion with the cars upon the Central Railroad and steamer Huron from St. Joseph to Chicago, in a continuous line between this city and the last mentioned place. The C. is the cheapest boat of her tonnage ever built upon the Lakes, having cost less than $25,000..-- Buffalo Commercial Advertizer.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      August 21, 1843

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Michigan Railroad Line---Opposition Steamboat CHAMPION.-- Left Detroit on Tuesday evening, 15th inst. at half past four o’clock, and arrived in Buffalo at five o’clock on Thursday morning, touching Sandusky, Huron, Cleveland, Grand River, Ashtabula, Conneaut and Dunkirk; remained at Buffalo until half past eight o’clock on Thursday evening, and arrived at Detroit Saturday morning at seven o’clock, touching at Dunkirk, Coneaut, Ashtbula, Grand River and Cleveland; making her trip, including fifteen and a half hours stay in Buffalo, in about three days and a half; arriving in Detroit in time in the morning to give the passengers time to do their business, get breakfast, and take the 8 o’clock train of cars west.
The comination boat Lexington, left Buffalo at the same time, and arrivedd her at half past 2 o’clock PM -- making a difference of some 7 1/2 hours. The passengers on board of her wishing to go west, will be obliged to hold over on expense until Monday. So much for speed and opposition, and fare put down to a reasonable price--$5 Cabin and $2.50 Deck.
This splendid steamboat CHAMPION, which runs for the interests of Michigan, will commence her regular four day trips on Tuesday next. She will leave the dock of B. B. Kerchival & Co. at the foot of Woodward Avenue, on Tuesday, next the 22d inst. at 3 o’clock P.M. Persons going east, who feel an interest in the welfare of Michigan, and who are opposed to monopolies, ought to make their calculations accordingly, &c. &c. &c.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      August 21, 1843


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William R. McNeil
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Champion (Steamboat), 20 Jul 1843