American Duck

by Edward Graf
Short Sketches on Passaic County History, 1935, 


When the American ship Hannibal sailed from New York in March 1822, under a wide-spread canvas of American Duck, there was a feeling of high satisfaction in Paterson for this was manufactured at the Phoenix mill of Messrs. Vasques and Travers.  The full suit of sails was pronounced of the first order and it was calculated this would remove the unfavorable impression abroad of the inferiority of our domestic fabrics.