The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 26 Oct, 1877

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The following list of vessels navigating Lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior in 1818, is taken from David Thomas' "Travels Through The Western Country," printed at Auburn in 1819. The publication of this list of the feeble lake marine of less than 60 years ago, will be interesting. It is stated incidentally, "the steamboat will soon start on Lake Erie."

American Eagle, Capt. Wm. Gaylord, 48 67-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Aurora, Capt. Chas. Finch, 31 69-95 tons, of Sandusky.
Black Snake, Capt. J. Wilkeson, 21 03-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Boxer, Capt. G. Wilkeson, 16 60-95 tons, of Detroit.
Dove, Capt. H. G. Cooley, 13 55-95 tons, of Detroit.
Com. Decatur, Capt. S. Barney, 49 10-95 tons, of Detroit.
Diligence, 32 38-95 tons, of Presque Isle.
Diana, Capt. Ferris, 8 tons, of Cleveland.
Experiment, Capt. S. Johnson, 29 69-95 tons, of Buffalo.
Erie, Capt. R. Gillett, 77 41-95 tons, of Buffalo.
Eagle, Capt. Jos. Hammond, 28 03-95 tons, of Detroit.
Eliza, Capt. W. Brown, 23 82-95 tons, of Sandusky.
Franklin, Capt. J. F. Wright, 73 tons, of Presque Isle.
Firefly, Capt. W. D. Horton, 21 tons, of Detroit.
Friendship, Capt. J. R. Kelley, 59 10-95 tons, of Cleveland.
George Washington, Capt. J. Burnham, 99 73-95 tons, of Presque Isle.
Gov. Cass, 30 58-95 tons, of Detroit.
General Scott, Capt. G. Tucker, 20 28-95 tons, of Sandusky.
General Jackson, Capt. C. Blake, 90 tons, of Detroit.
General Brown, 30 22-95 tons, of Sandusky.
General Wayne, Capt. J. Rough, 85 38-95 tons, of Buffalo.
Hannah, Capt. O. Colt, 48 75-95 tons, of Buffalo.
Hercules, Capt. E. Church, 50 18-95 tons, of Detroit.
Hornet, 10 60-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Industry of Sandusky.
Independence, Capt. J. Brooks, 21 tons, of Sandusky.
Leopard, Capt. J. Baldwin, 21 tons, of Sandusky.
Michigan, Capt. J. Horton, 132 tons, of Buffalo.
Monroe, Capt. M. Connor, 28 70-95 tons, of Detroit.
Maria, Capt. G. Leet, 21 28-95 tons, of Detroit.
Miami, 10 46-95 tons, of Detroit.
Nautilus, 23 tons, of Sandusky.
Neptune, Capt. Johnson, 60 61-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Olive Branch, Capt. J. Robson, 14 19-95 tons, of Detroit.
Commodore Perry, Capt. H. Johnson, 41 50-95 tons, of Presque Isle.
Salem Packet, Capt. R. Ward, 28 tons, of Buffalo.
Buffalo Packet, Capt. G. Cady, 12 tons, of Buffalo.
Paulina, Capt. J. K. Whaley, 27 25-95 tons, of Buffalo.
Pilot, Capt. Th. Rumage, 27 05-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Perseverance, Capt. T. Johnson, 29 65-95 tons, of Presque Isle.
Ranger, Capt. A. R. Naper, 16 79-95 tons, of Detroit.
------ , Capt. R. Eaton, 36 03-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Superior, Capt. J. Richards, 70 93-95 tons, of Presque Isle.
Lucy Jane, 15 tons, of Presque Isle.
Union, Capt. J. Beard, 104 30-95 tons, of Cleveland.
Venus, Capt. Foster, 14 tons, Sandusky.
Widow's Son, Capt J. F. Rupley, 40 76-95 tons.
Wasp, Capt. G. Shaw, 18 tons, of Sandusky.
Wolf, Capt. H. Rumsdell, 28 78-95 tons, of Sandusky.

Total tonnage - 1860 08. Add for vessels under ten tons and omitted or unknown, 200 87. Grand Total American tonnage on lakes, 2,068 tons.

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While not originating from an official source, this list, with its tonnages in 95ths, appears to be taken from official records. It is the earliest list of American upper lakes ships that I have seen. The steamboat referred to was the WALK-IN-THE-WATER, which ran Buffalo-Detroit 1818-1821.      
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26 Oct, 1877
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 26 Oct, 1877