The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Our Lake Fleet Forty Years Ago
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 23 Jan 1858

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Our Lake Fleet Forty Years Ago. - Fisher Bullard, Esq., of Rochester, furnishes the Union with the following interesting information. He says: "It might be interesting to the people to know something of the American fleet on Lake Ontario forty years ago, when much of Western New York, and nearly all that is now called the Great West, was a wilderness. The following is a statement, showing the names of all American vessels, the tonnage of each, and where owned in 1818. It will be remembered that the Wellland Canal was [not] then in existence, and that the fleet traded exclusively on Lake Ontario and the Upper St. Lawrence:

SteamboatOntarioSackets Harbor244 tons
SteamboatSophiaSackets Harbor50 tons
SchoonerEckfordSackets Harbor130 tons
SchoonerOntarioSackets Harbor87 tons
SchoonerSachemSackets Harbor85 tons
SchoonerJuliaSackets Harbor63 tons
SchoonerLady WashingtonSackets Harbor49 tons
SchoonerWoolseySackets Harbor40 tons
SchoonerCometSackets Harbor30 tons
SchoonerAppalonaSackets Harbor35 tons
SchoonerFarmer's DaughterSackets Harbor35 tons
SchoonerMunroeSackets Harbor28 tons
SchoonerTriumphSackets Harbor28 tons
SchoonerPhoenixSackets Harbor22 tons
SchoonerKingston PacketSackets Harbor25 tons
SchoonerNorthern TraderSackets Harbor25 tons
SloopAcadiaSackets Harbor43 tons
SchoonerSwallowHenderson30 tons
SchoonerBethiaHenderson27 tons
SchoonerPlough BoySalmon River35 tons
SchoonerIndependenceSalmon River40 tons
SchoonerPresidentSalmon River25 tons
SchoonerBull DogSalmon River25 tons
SchoonerOswegatchieOgdensburgh55 tons
SchoonerGenesee PacketOgdensburgh60 tons
SchoonerCharles and AnnOswego110 tons
SchoonerMaryOswego80 tons
SchoonerBetseyOswego65 tons
SchoonerOswegoOswego62 tons
SchoonerNiagaraOswego62 tons
SchoonerMinervaOswego62 tons
SchoonerJuliaOswego50 tons
SchoonerNew HavenOswego42 tons
SchoonerHenriettaOswego35 tons
SchoonerMorning StarOswego35 tons
SchoonerOswego TraderOswego30 tons
SchoonerSally AnnOswego29 tons
SchoonerBlack BearOswego26 tons
SloopGenevaOswego35 tons
SchoonerGeneral BrownSodus80 tons
SchoonerOlive BranchSodus35 tons
SchoonerJavaSodus32 tons
SchoonerNancyPultneyville35 tons
SchoonerLauraPultneyville40 tons
SchoonerMaryGenesee River55 tons
SchoonerClarissaGenesee River35 tons
SchoonerMulanyGenesee River31 tons
SchoonerLevanthaGenesee River31 tons
SchoonerCrazy JaneNiagara25 tons
Owned at Sackets Harbor19 craft1,198 tons
Owned at Henderson2 craft57 tons
Owned at Salmon River4 craft127 tons
Owned at Ogdensburgh2 craft125 tons
Owned at Oswego14 craft720 tons
Owned at Sodus3 craft147 tons
Owned at Pultneyville2 craft75 tons
Owned at Genesee River4 craft159 tons
Owned at Niagara1 craft25 tons

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23 Jan 1858
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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Our Lake Fleet Forty Years Ago