The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Jun, 1874

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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.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Jun, 1874