The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Major Jack Downing (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1834

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BY STEAM. -- All the lateral and tributary waters of the great western chain of lakes are sporting their Steam-Boats; and not to be out of the world --- which is but to be out of fashion --- the redoubtable Major Jack Downing, since his banishment from the court of the Hero of all the wars, has been transformed into a Steam-Boat, (see advertisement,) and is navigating Sandusky Bay. The Major while in the confidence of the old Roman, certainly carried all before him, --- and who can doubt he will do so still, though he has abandoned the sinking fortunes of one who heeded not his friendly council ?
      Buffalo Whig
      June 18, 1834

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The new and splendid Steam packet MAJOR JACK DOWNING, S.B. Caldwell, Master, has commenced her regular trips between Sandusky City and Lower Sandusky; leaving Lower Sandusky at 6 o'clock A.M. Returning same day, leaving at 2 o'clock P.M., connecting with a daily line of Stages at Lower Sandusky, to Columbus, Springfield and Cincinnati, and to Perrysburgh, Maumee and Detroit --- and at Sandusky City, with a daily line of Steam-Boats to Detroit and Buffalo.
      For Freight or Passage, apply to S. Bitchard & Co., Lower Sandusky, Hollister & Co., Sandusky City, or the Master on board.
      REFER TO
      R.A. Forsyth, Maumee; Hollister & Wendell, Perrysburgh; Howard & Wadhams, and O. Newberry, Detroit; Wheeler & Ransom, and Giddings, Baldwin, Pease & Co. Cleveland; Pratt, Taylor & Co., and Barker and Holt, Buffalo; 'Major Jack Downing', New-York.
      Sandusky City, June 12, 1834
      Buffalo Whig
      June 18, 1834

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MAJOR JACK DOWNING, paddle-wheel steamer of 54 tons, built 1834 at Mount Clemens. First home port, Detroit. Remarks- Rig changed to sail 1836.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      1790 - 1868. Lytle - Holdcamper List

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Major Jack Downing (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1834