The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago (Steamboat), 1838

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The following list is believed includes all, or nearly all the steamboats at present employed on lake Erie. Several of the smaller ones towards the end of the list, are employed upon rivers ans bays, and do not make the trips between Buffalo and detroit. The tonnage is derived from various sources, and is probably near the mark
Names Captains Tons Built
Cleveland Hart 580 1837
James Madison Bristol 700 1837
Milwaukie Hazzard 500 1837
Constellation ----------- 530 l837
Bunker Hill Rickerson 470 l837
Constitution Appleby 500 1837
New England Burnett 450 l837
Gen. Wayne Prat t 400 1837
Michigan Allen 462 1833
Thos. Jefferson Wilkins 428 1835
Sandusky, Titus 387 1834
Columbus Walker 392 1835
Pennsvlvania Cotton 355 1833
Daniel Webster Tyler 3?6 1833
De Witt Clinton Squier 430 1836
United states Shook 366 1834
Monroe Atwood 350 1835
Com. Perry Wilkinson 352 1835
Robert Fulton Hart 368 1835
North America Edmunds 361 1834
Rhode Island --------- 200 1837
New York Sheperd 325 1833
O. Newberry ---------- 170 1833
Erie Edwards 160 1836
Cincinnati Young 180 1836
Gen. Porter Norton 352 1834
C. Townsend Fox 312 1835
Ohio --------- 171 1830
Barcelona ---------- 160 1836
W.F .P. Taylor ---------- 125 1835
Commerce Stevens 60 1837
Gov. Marcy McKenzie 161 1833
Eclipse - ------------ 240 1833
Maj. Downing ------------ 45 1834
Mazeppa ------------ 66 1835
W. Peacock ------------ 120 1829
Victory ------------- 77 1834
Gen. Jackson ------------- 65 1833
Gen. Brady ------------- 66 1833
Macomb Allen small 1837
Gen. Gratiot Hanson 62 1831
Many of the above boats are equal in point of strength, speed, and accommodations for passengers to any in the world. Without disparagement to others, we boast the CLEVELAND, for beauty, speed, and luzury of furnishings; more compentant judges than we are say she will not be surpassed at present. But she will have competitors in the three first of the following list of boats not completed; as well as in the MILWAUKIE of Buffalo which made one trip last season.
      Names Where Building Tons
Illinois Detroit 700
Erie Erie 450
Buffalo Buffalo 700
Wisconsin Conneaut 600
Rochester Cleveland 400
Saginaw Sandusky 300
Osceola Ashtabula 400
Chesapeeke Maunee 375
President Huron -----
Belvidere Belvidere -----
Osceola Buffalo small
Lexington Black River 400
--- -- Fairport -----
-------- Vermillion -----
      The tonnage of the above boats is stated in round numbers. and may not be entirely correct. It is believed they are not greatly erroneous.
Of the boats plying on the Canada side we know nothing. The names of two are Thames and MINNISSETUNK.
The following list of steamboats which have been lost, broken up, &c may be worth preserving:
Walk-in-the-Water; built in 1818, wrecked near Buffalo in 1821, tonnage 338.
Superior; 346 tons, built in 1822, dismantled. .
Niagara, 156 tons, built in 1824; she was broken by collislon witb the Pennsylvania near Huron, 1837.
Pioneer; 120 tons, built in 1825, wrecked on Upper lakes,1836.
Sheldon Thompson; 241 tons, built in 1825, broken up in 1837.
Uncle Sam; 274 tons, built in 1833, engine taken out the present seeson.
William Penn. 250 tons, built in 1826, dismantled 1837.
Chippewa; 45 tons, built in 1825, broken up in 1828.
Washington; 609 tons, built in 1833, wrecked on her second trip near Long Point, U.C.
Delaware; 177 tons, built in 1833. wrecked in Lake Michigan 1836.
Enterprise; 219 tons, built in 1825 condemned.
Caroline; 45 tons. built at Charleston, S.C. in 1822 of live oak; brought to N. York, thence by river and canal to Lake
Ontario where she was employed some time as a ferry boat; afterwards brought to Lake Erie tbrough the Welland Canal, and employed upon the Detroit River and elsewbere; seized for smuggling the last summer and sold. The end of this boat is well known.
We find in a list derived from official resources in 1837, the names of several small boats belonging to Detroit which are not given above. CHICAGO, 186 tons, DETROIT, 137 tons, DON QUIXOTTE 51 tons Of these vessels we know nothing more than is given; nor of the ARGO, CINCINNATI of Detroit, LADY OF THE LAKE and WATER WITCH more than their names. They are probably very small boats.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, April 4, 1838; 2:2
Steam paddle CHICAGO. Of 186 tons. Built St. Joseph, Mich., 1835. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION:- Abandoned 1846
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Chicago (Steamboat), 1838