The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Porter (Propeller), 17 Aug 1843

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Another Propeller.-- Capt. Lundy left port in the CHAUTAUQUA to-day for Grand River, for the purpose of towing down the Canadian armed steamer TORONTO, (formerly GENERAL PORTER,) which has been purchased by Capt. C. Gager, with a view to converting her into a steam propeller. The P. was originally American, but on the breaking out of the patriot revolution, she was sold to the British at a good round price, and is now bought back at a sacrifice.-- Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Detroit Daily Advertiser
      August 17, 1843

Propeller PORTER. -- This pioneer of the lakes which was recently re-purchased of the Canadians, has been expeditiously metamorphosed into a fine propeller, and is now ready for service. On overhauling her it has been found that her hull was in excellent preservation, and having been strengthened by the British for belligerent service, she will prove one of the staunchest vessels in commission. Capt. Gager has obtained one of Ericson's improved propellers, and by the aid of an experienced engineer, and a swarm of ship builders, under Gerisham, has converted this strange looking craft into one of the best modelled vessels afloat. She is 400 tons burthen, and if there is wheat enough to be found in Wisconsin to load her, she will return with sufficient to dispel a famine. Of course, her facilities for accommodating passengers, will be in proportion to her capacity for freighting.--Commercial. In addition to the above, we notice on board of her, the original builder, John Carrick, who has been the principle shipwright in the metamorphosis of the PORTER from a steamer to a propeller. We are informed by the captain, that the announcement of her departure in one of the city papers, is premature, but that due notice will be given of her first trip. -- Ed. Gazette
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      September 29, 1843

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General Porter (Propeller), 17 Aug 1843