The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Madison (Steamboat), 13 Dec 1836

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ANOTHER STEAMBOAT LAUCH. -- The Steam Packet JAMES MADISON, the largest boat ever committed to the Lakes, was launched at Erie, Pa., on the 13th inst. She is of 700 tons burden, and contains, besides the usual cabins, thirty-six state rooms with two berths each. She is to be finished in a superior style, and is destined as a regular packet between Buffalo and Chicago. The proprietor is Col. Chas. M. Reed, who is also the owner of three other steamboats on the Lake, and is about to cornmence building the fifth.
      Black Rock Advocate
      December 23, 1836 p. 3, c. 1

Steam paddle JAMES MADISON. Of 630 tons gross. Built Presque Isle, Pa., 1837. First home port, Presque Isle, Pa. DISPOSITION. -- Abandoned 1845.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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James Madison (Steamboat), 13 Dec 1836