Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), Dec. 27, 1843
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LIST OF VESSELS BUILT IN 1843. - Having prepared our annual list of new vessels put in commission on this and the other upper lakes, we present it to show the increase in that branch of business. A fleet of sixty-five substantial and well found brigs and schooners have been added to the marine on the lakes during a period of three seasons, at an expense of half a million, without an outlay of a single dollar from Congress toward the construction of lake commerce. During that time there ahs been built and put in service, ten of the largest and most costly steamers afloat in the United States. Besides the vessels embraced in the annexed table we know of several which have been rebuilt, enlarged and beautified at a considerable expense. The Porter, which was converted into a propeller, cost $3,000 for such improvement. The Sandusky was rebuilt as a barque, at a similar expense. The steamer Wisconsin was enlarged some 400 tons at a heavy outlay, and very many of the sail vessel made their appearance here in the spring much enlarged and improved. The vessels which were built and put into commission this season are embraced in the annexed table.
|E. H. Scott||brig||St. Joseph||200||8,000|
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|Twenty-five vessels||4,212 ||$241,500|
The vessels enumerated are those which have entered our port during this season, and of which there is authentic record. How many more have been launched upon the upper lakes and put in commission there we cannot say.
The large investemnet in new vessels - we allude now to sail craft only - indicates the prosperity of lake commerce and the increasing agricultural developments annually making west of us; and taking the two previous seasons with the present, we sum up the following increase to the lake tonnage:
Although this city cannot lay claim to building many of the vessel recently put into commission, she can notwithstanding boast of having altogether the largest amont of tonnage enrolled of any port upon the lakes. In Congressional document 220, just issued, the following table is found, exhibiting the aggregate tonnage of all the districts embraced within our observation, on the 30th Sept., 1842. They are -
The same document contains the number of vessels built in all the districts of the state of New York, in the year ending on 30th September, 1843 - they were as follows: 6 ships, 8 brigs, 17 schooners, 131 sloops and canal boats, 22 steamers; total 184 vessels, the aggregate of which was about 20,241 tons. During the same period, Ohio built -- including the steamers at Cincinnati -- tons of shipping. - Buf. Adv.
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