The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
United States (Steamboat), 21 May 1844

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      Steamboat United States.--It has been my good fortune, to make two trips throught Lake Erie the present season, with Capt. Whittaker of the United States, and I cannot withold a public expression of my entire approbation of the boat, the captain, the clerk, and the entire crew. The "States," it will be borne in mind, was the first to force a passage through the ice at Buffalo, this season, and the first boat that greeted us with the glad tidings of "open navigation." She is a staunch sea craft, admirably fitted up for the comfort of both cabin and steerage passengers, with a tasteful and spacious upper deck cabin, Ladies Saloon and State Rooms. Capt. Whittaker himself, is the very prince of good fellows and takes the most unwearied pains to make his guests comfortable and happy. No one can suffer from dyspepsia, or indulge in "blue devils," while sailing with him. An excellent and full band is permanently engaged , and discourses most elegant music.
      If any one deem this an overdrawn picture, let him make one trip with capt. Whittaker and he will acknowledge, that the half had not been told him. -B.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      May 21, 1844

      A CARD
      The undersigned, passengers on the Steamer United States, Capt. Whittaker, would do injustice to their own feelings, if they did not express before parting with him, the high gratification and pleasure they have experienced during their trip across Lake Erie. All that courtesy can insure, they confidently assure the community may be always found in this boat. The safety and speed of the boat, no less the gentlemanly deportment of her Captain, and attention of all the officers and men connected with her, command her to public patronage.

Mrs. Geo. Merwin Samuel Ward
Miss Mary Wood Col W. Elliott
Mrs. T. P. Handy A. M. Porter, O.
Miss Helen P. Handy Wm. B. Smith, S. C.
Mrs. Chittenden Wm. Williams, Cleveland
Mrs. Marsh S. Corning, Ohio
Elizea Chamberlain Chas. Hubbell, Rochester
A. D. Ware, Mich. A. J. Frazier, Mich
W. M. Auley, do. A. P. Chamberlain, Attica
J. McReynolds, do. Frank Holmes, Boston, Mass.
I. S. Rowland, do. E. M. Chamberlain, Ind.
Geo. B. Merwinm, Ohio J. Moffatt, Jr. Mich.
May 18, 1844
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      May 23, 1844

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United States (Steamboat), 21 May 1844