The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chesapeake (Steamboat), 1 May 1838

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NEW BOAT. -- A small steam boat to ply between Maumee and Manhattan is building at Maumee, and will ply on the bay this season. The boat is 97 feet in length, sharp built, and will be propelled by a Pittsnurgh engine of 35 horsepower.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Saturday, April 7, 1838
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      The CHESAPEAKE, a new maumee boat, will be launched in a few days. The Express says she will be the best craft ever built on the waters of the Maumee.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, April 25, 1838; 2:2
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      Maumee. May 5.
      Launch of the CHESAPEAKE -- The lake may be safely challenged to produce a more beautifully modelled craft or one that will sit more lightly and buoyantly upon its waters. She moved gracefully from her ways on Tuesday afternoon last in the presence of over a thousand of the citizens of this and the adjoining towns, and so easily did she dip herself into the river, that the musical band upon her docks did not remit their performances during their journey from dry land to navigable water. She is a splendid craft! - Capt. Jones says she is the finest vessel he ever built, and that is glory enough; and the suffrages of the spectators, in confirmation the veteran's opinion, were general and unanimous. She draws three and a half feet of water, only, as she lies, and if this light hold upon the water, and an engine of excellent construction and great power, does not make her"go ahead." there is no truth in surmises.
      Gentlemen Editors down the Lake! Just put the Chesapeake upon your list of fast boats, and our word for it, she will do no discredit to the character
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, May 11, 1838

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THE CHESAPEAKE. -- This brag Maumee boat has been launched, and the Express represents her a splendid craft. the old Admiral pronounces her the finest vessel he ever built -- sufficient praise. She is to rank with the fast boats.
      Cleveland Dailt Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, May 15, 1838; 2:4
THE SHESAPEAKE. -- This is the name of another new craft which made her appearance in our harbor yesterday, under the command of capt. D. Howe. She is a beautiful well built boat, measuring 164 feet keel, 25 feet beam, and 10 feet 6 inches hold. She was built at Maumee City under the direction of Capt. A. Jones. Her fixings are complete and from the hands of Messrs. Cameron and Mckay of this city.
      Daily Buffalonian
      August 8, 1838

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Chesapeake (Steamboat), 1 May 1838