The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Julius D. Morton (Steamboat), 1 Sep 1848

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New Lake Craft- Notwithstanding the poor return which stock in Lake craft, as a general thing, has made this season, there are constant arrivals in our harbor of new steamers and sail vessels from up the Lake - through the building of the latter is now well nigh suspended. A new steamer bearing the name of J.D. MORTON, hailing from Monroe, Michigan, has just come in for the first time. She is of about 500 tons, 175 feet long-28 feet beam - 11 1/2 feet hold, and is owned by Messrs. Keating and Van Brunt, of Monroe, and is to run in the Toledo line.
      A new propeller has also make her appearance, the PETREL owned by Capt. Kelsey, and Brothers. She was built on the St. Clair river, and is 120 feet keel, 23 feet beam, 9 feet hold, and 230 tons burden, and capable of carrying 2.300 bbls. of flour. She is to be commanded by Capt. J. W. Kelsey, formerly of the steamer OREGON.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday Evening, October 2, 1848

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Julius D. Morton (Steamboat), 1 Sep 1848