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Missouri (Steamboat), 12 Mar 1840

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Launch, -The MISSOURI, one of the largest class of steamboats (700 tons ) was to have been launched at Vermillion yesterday. Those who have seen this craft, say that her style, model and general arrangements are not inferior to any other on the western waters.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, March 13, 1840

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      The Launch - Vermillion, &c. - The town of Vermillion was thronged with visitors on Thursday last, to witness the launch of the splendid - the magnificent steamboat, the MISSOURI, into her destined element. At about 12 o'clock, as we learn the underpinning was taken out and a most grand spectacle was witnessed, as she moved majestically off her ways in to the river, receiving the hearty cheers of the assembled multitude ---- Com. Adv.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, March 20, 1840

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The MISSOURI a new and splendid boat of the largest class, commanded by Capt. Wilkins, late of the JEFFERSON, will make her debut in our waters this evening. She is owned jointly by Messrs. Reed of Erie, and Leonard of vermillion, Ohio.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 20, 1840

      The MISSOURI is in. She is 180 ft. keel, 28 1/2 ft. beam, 12 1/2 deep. Measures 670 tons and was built by Capt. R.C. Goodsell of Vermillion. The machinery is from Messrs. Warden, Nicholson & C,. Pittsburgb. Gee. Davis & Co., agent. (2-1)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 24, 1840
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      Although unfinished the MISSOURI attracts much attention. The model bears a strong resemblance to that of the GREAT WESTERN. Her promenade deck is the most spacious of any boat now running, and will not be encumbered with hurricane berths, as some others of the large craft are. Being designed expressly for the upper lakes trade, it is presumed that this feature will conduce to her speed and safety while traversing that region, Subject as it is to such variable winds. At present, some 20 joiners are doing their best to prepare her for the painter and upholsters, who are under contract to have her ready the 12th proximo. Her speed is aclnowledged to be "all Correct." (2-2 )
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 25, 1840

Paddle steamer MISSOURI, of 612 tons. Built at Erie, Pa., in 1840. First home port, Vermillion. disposition:- Vessel stranded October 1848 at Pointe aux Barques. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

NOTE; -- Later became steam barge OAKLAND.

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Missouri (Steamboat), 12 Mar 1840