The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Shakespeare (Brig), 1 May 1847

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What's in a name ? -- Buffalo papers state that Capt. Walker's new boat originally intended to be called EXCELSIOR, now building at St. Clair, is to be called SHAKESPEARE. She will be launched in July, and will be the mammoth of the lakes, her tonnage being 1,705 tons, length of keel 300 feet, breadth of beam, 36 feet, and depth of hold 15 feet.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, May 5, 1847

      Two new steamboats are now building at this point, one for Mahlon Kingman of this city, and one for Gen. Chas. M. Read of Erie. The first will be 275 feet in length and 1300 tons burthen; - the other 235 feet in length and 900 tons. They will both be ready for the spring trade. A mammoth steamer of 1,705 tons burthen is also building on the St. Clair, for Capt. Walker of Buffalo. She will be called the SHEAKESPEARE, and will also be out next spring. There are several vessels building a various points along the Lakes, some of which are designed for the present fall trade, while others are not contemplated to be ready before next spring. One to be termed the ITHACA, of about 250 tons burthen, is building at Milan, by H. Chase & Co., Capt. Scoville and Jason Parker, of this city. She will be in commission by the 1st of Oct. next.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, September 15, 1847
NOTE:-- The SHAKESPEARE, was finished as a brig.

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Shakespeare (Brig), 1 May 1847