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Vandalia (Propeller), 21 Apr 1842


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STEAM VESSELS FOR LAKE ONTARIO
The Oswego Palladium states that two vessels at that port are about being fitted out with Ericsons propellers and the necessary machinery. One of them is a new vessel, the other, one of the oswego schooners. An Oswego forwarding merchant affirms, that freights from New York by the Oswego route, can be delivered at Cleveland, as soon or sooner than they can be delivered at Buffalo, and at less cost than the actual charges which must be advanced upon freights in their transportation from new York to Buffalo.
We shall see what we shall see -- Cleveland herald.
      Detroit Free Press
      Thursday April 8, 1841 p.2 col.2


Welland Canal. - Vessels commenced navigating the entire length of this canal, on Monday last - since which time, a great number of schooners have passed, keeping the locks in constant requisition, ever hour in the day. The steam schooner VANDALIA, from Oswego, bound to Chicago, Illinois, with freight, and about thirty passengers, was among the first that passed up. The price charged, is said to be from $3 to $4 less than by the Buffalo route; and the expedition, safety and certainty, nearly equal.
      St. Catharines Journal
      April 21, 1842, Page 2

     
The steamer VANDALIA ledt this port on Thursday last for Chicago with freight, and over 30 passengers. The fare charged the passengers by the steamer is, we understand, considerably below the Buffalo prices. Passengers can go from Oswego to Chicago from $3 tp $4 less than from Buffalo to the same place. -- Oswego Herald.
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This is all gammon. The VANDALIA cannot make more than 6 miles an hour in fair weather, if she depends on steam, in rough weather her sails must be her main dependence. Those who expect to go cheap on schooner turned steamboats, will be most likely to find themselves egregiously "sucked in." - - Rochester Daily.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 25, 1842
     

The steamer VANDALIA left this port on Thursday last for Chicago with freight, and over thirty passengers. The fare charged passengers by this steamer is, we understand, considerably below the Buffalo prices. Passengers can go from Oswego to Chicago from three to four Dollars less than from Buffalo to the same place - Oswego Herald
This is all gammon - The VANDALIA cannot make more than 6 miles per hour in fair weather, if she depends on steam - in rough weather her sails must be her main dependence. Those who ecpect to go cheap on a schooner turned steamboat, will be most likely to find themself egregiously "sucked in". Rochester Daily Advertiser (undated)
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday April 25, 1842


Schooner VANDALIA, this vessel rigged with Ericson's propellers, left Oswego shortly after the opening of navigation for Chicago, and will probably visit our port on her return trip. An amphibious, creeping sort of a railroad craft, enveloped in spray and coal-dust, with one spar, was passed by the PERRY yesterday, heading down the lake between Conneaut and Erie, which may have been the brave voyager, if so, she may be expected here in a day or so, providing the prevailing westerly wind continues.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, May 14, 1842 p.2



The VANDALIA, sloop rigged and fitted with one of Ericson's screw propellers, arrived at this port yesterday from Chicago via Michigan City with a cargo of 4,000 bushels corn. The VANDALIA left Oswego on the 14th. April, consequently has been absent just one month. Out of this time however, she has lost six days by detention in Canada in consequence of waiting for an opening of the Welland Canal, which if deducted from the above, would make her time about equal to those made by many of our sail craft - several of which have made three week trips to the upper lakes already this spring, which netted from $700 to $900.
When loaded the wheel or propeller of the new craft is entirely submerged, and her appearance is similar to the Hudson River sloops, except that the cabin or covering of the engine, which is quite simple and compact, extends along the deck further than that which would be required for those trim traders of ancient Amsterdam.
During mid-summer when light winds prevail or in passing the Straits, the propellers are servicable, but otherwise they have but little advantage of our ordinary sail craft. After discharging, Capt. Hawkins returns as far as Cleveland, where he loads for Kingston or Oswego.
      Buffalo Coinmercial Advertiser
      Monday May 16, 1842 p.2

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      OSWEGO ENROLMENT No. 8 of 1842
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VANDALIA
Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sloop
Tonnage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138. 19 (19/95ths)
Where Built . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oswego
Builders name. . . . . . . . . . . . . S. Doolittle, Master builder
Date of previous Enrollment, - - - -
Date of present Enrollment, April 14, 1842, at Oswego
Description of vessel:-
Length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 feet
Breadth.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 feet & two inches
Depth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 feet & three inches
Masts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two
Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One
Stern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Square
Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . None
Figure-head. . . . . . . . . . . . . None
Present master. . . . . . . . . . Rufas Hawkins
Subscribing owners:- Sylvester Dolittle, together with Alvin Bronson, Lucies B. Crocker, Rufas Hawkins and James Van Cleave.


NOTATIONS T. Cronwall master of the Sloop VANDALIA in lieu of Rufas Hawkins former master. ( no date)

Letter to Port of Oswego dated May 1, 1844:- John Eno is Master of the earlier named vessel in lieu of Trag Cronwall, former master

      DISTRICT OF OSWEGO
      ENROLMENT No.8
      Sloop VANDALIA
      April 14, 1842 138.19 tons
      SURRENDERED CUSTOM HOUSE, OSWEGO. (date unreadable)
      CHANGE OF OWNERS
the date of surrender is illegible, but new Enrolment issued dated October 16, 1844, therefore surrender would be on or around that date.

Transcribers Note:- on the above document the term Sloop is used five times, there is no mention of the word steam. Also there is no mention of a previous Enrolment, leaving the assumption that this was the VANDALIA'S first Enrolment.

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      OSWEGO ENROLMENT No. 65 of 1844
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VANDALIA
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steam Sloop
Tonnage . . . . . . . . . . . . 138. 19 (19/95ths.)
When built . . . . . . . . . . 1841
Where Built . . . . . . . . . . Oswego

Date of former enrolment . . .
Date of Present Enrolment . . .
Description of vessel:-
Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 feet
Breadth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 feet and two inches
Depth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 feet and three inches
Masts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One mast
Decks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . One
Stern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Square
Figure-head . . . . . . . . . . . None
Build. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sloop built
Present Master. . . . . . . . ----

Subscribing Owners:-Sylvester Dolittle, F. C. Mills, G. Mullisan ?, A. Bronson, L. B. Crocker, S. Kaneswell ?, R. Hawkins, W. Purse ?, and T. Cronwall

      DISTRICT OF OSWEGO
      ENROLMENT No. 65
      Steam/Sloop VANDALIA Oct. 16, 1844
      138.19
      CUSTOM HOUSE, OSWEGO JUNE 10, 1846
      SURRENDERED--RE- BUILDING

      . . . . .
     
      OSWEGD ENROLMENT No. 57 of 1846
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . VANDALIA
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . Steam Propeller
When Built . . . . . . . . 1841
Where Built. . . . . . . . Oswego
Tonnage. . . . . . . . . . 248. 67 (67/95ths.)
Builders name. . . . . . ------
Date of previous Enrolment. . Oct. 16, 1844 No. 65
Date of present Enrolment. . August 24, 1846 at Dswego
Description of vessel:-
      Length . . . . . . . . . 127 feet 4 inches
      Breadth. . . . . . . . . 20 feet 3 inches
      Depth . . . . . . . . . . 10 feet one and a half inches
      Masts . . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Decks . . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Stern. . . . . . . . . . . Square
      Gallery . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Figure-head . . . . . None
      Build . . . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Present Master . . J .S. Warner

Subscribing Owners :- Sylsvester Dolittle, W. Pierce and S. Farwell

      DISTRICT OF OSWEGO
      ENROLMENT No. 75
      Propeller VANDALIA
      dated August 24, 1846

      Port Of Oswego, April 13, 1848
      surrendered
      Change of owners

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      OSWEGD ENROLMENT No. 12 of 1848
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . VANDALIA
Type . . . . . . . . . . . . Steam Propeller
When Built . . . . . . . . 1841
Where Built. . . . . . . . Oswego
Tonnage. . . . . . . . . . 248. 67 (67/95ths.)
Builders name. . . . . . ------
Date of previous Enrolment. . August 24, 1846
Date of present Enrolment. . April 13, 1848
Description of vessel:-
      Length . . . . . . . . . 127 feet 4 inches
      Breadth. . . . . . . . . 20 feet 3 inches
      Depth . . . . . . . . . . 10 feet one and a half inches
      Masts . . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Decks . . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Stern. . . . . . . . . . . Square
      Gallery . . . . . . . . . None
      Figure-head . . . . . None
      Build . . . . . . . . . . . - - -
      Present Master . . J .S. Warner

Subscribing Owners :- Sylsvester Dolittle.

      DISTRICT OF OSWEGO
      ENROLMENT No. 12
      Propeller VANDALIA
      dated April 13, 1848

      Port Of Oswego, August 18, 185- (date unreadable)
      surrendered
      Change of owners - - - - - and admeasurement

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SYLVESTER DOOLITTLE. - This gentleman was a few days since made the recipient by his fellow citizens of a public dinner at the Doolittle House, Oswego. This mark of esteem was in recognition of a long life devoted to enterprises connected with early ship-building on Lake Ontario. Mr. Doolittle was the pioneer builder of lake boats and canal packets on the Oswego and Erie Canals, and commanded and owned the first canal boat which reached Albany from Rochester, thence to New York. Mr. Doolittle's next step was the introduction of the first lake propeller, called the Vandalia, which started out on her first voyage from the upper lakes early in 1843. He started several others the same season and years following. Mr. Doolittle still continues active in the interests of commercial pursuits and through a life of strictest integrity, has become honored and highly respected by a large circle of acquaintances.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 30, 1874
     
     


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cost for passage
Date of Original:
1842
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McN.E.8403
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Vandalia (Propeller), 21 Apr 1842