The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Petrel (Propeller), 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

MARINE INTELLIGENCE -- The PETREL, built at Port Huron by Joseph Arnold of 250 tons, 120 x 24 x 9 and owned by J.W. Kelsey & Brothers. The engine by Harelay & Kinney of Detroit.
      Buffalo Express
      May 23, 1848
Steam screw PETREL, of 237 tons, built Port Huron, Mich., 1848. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION -- Stranded at Ashtabula, Ohio, October 3, 1850. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
Propeller PETREL, of Port Huron. Of 227.55 tons. Owned by Joseph L. Kelsey, built at Port Huron by J. W. Kelsey and commanded by Joseph W. Kelsey. 118.10 x 23.7 x 8.9. No Gallery; no figure-head.
      Enrollment 34 of 1848
      Dated Detroit, July 7, 1848

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Petrel (Propeller), 1 Sep 1848