The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur, Dec 1, 1853

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We stated yesterday that the propeller Clifton had arrived at this port from Whitehall, on Lake Champlain. The Advertiser, speaking of her arrival, says, "The Clifton was navigated by Capt. Mann, formerly of the Iroquois, from Port Henry, on Lake Champlain, through the Richelieu river into the St. Lawrence, below Montreal, from whence she came to Ogdensburgh, thence to Erie, and from Erie here. The Clifton brings a load of iron for B. L. Webb, of this city, which she is now discharging. We believe she has been purchased by Barclay & Cary, for navigation on the lakes.

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This is likely the prop built at Dexter, NY, Lake Ontario, in 1846. If so, she has a somewhat muddled history, converting to a tug about 1860, probably going into Canadian registry about 1864 and back again and then being converted to a barge at Vicksburg, (Marysville) Mich., in 1866. She's shown in US records as a new boat from that point. She was reported lost in 1874 and her document surrendered (but maybe she lasted until 1880?!). Its not clear from the article if she had been operating on Lake Champlain or had just made a single trip there for the mentioned iron cargo.
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Thur, Dec 1, 1853
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur, Dec 1, 1853