NEW BOATS IN PORT.
The Handsome Passenger Fleet Which Is To Ply Between Buffalo & Cleveland.
All the steamboats and tugs in the harbor set up a hoarse shrieking just before noon today. They screamed and bellowed in chorus for two or three minutes, the reason, was they were extending a hearty welcome, according to marine fashion, to a new-comer into Buffalo Harbor.
This was the passenger steamer STATE OF NEW YORK, which floated in from Cleveland, in charge of Capt. Fred Rae, with her decks thronged with people and her masts gay with flags and streamers. Among the crowd who were on the boat were many prominent marine, hotel and newspaper men of Cleveland. Her sister boat, the STATE OF OHIO, followed close behind her and arrived in Buffalo about 2 o'clock.
The new boats are side-wheelers and have repeatedly proved to be good sea craft. They have been handsomely fitted up for summer traffic between this city and Cleveland. There are sleeping accommodations on each boat for 300 people. The cabins are richly upholstered in plush, and lighted with incandescent lamps The trip to Cleveland will be made in twelve hours.
The docks and offices of the company are at the foot of Illinois street. Manager John Fitzpatrick and a crowd of Buffalonians welcomed her passengers at the dock. It was a rough passage but the boat weathered the storm nicely.
Buffalo Evening News
Thursday, April 27, 1893 p.1, c.7
Paddle steamer CITY OF MACKINAC. Official U.S. number 126150. Built 1883 at Wyandotte, Mich. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 807.89 gross tons; 564.52 tons net. 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5.
Merchant Vessels List, U.S., 1885
Paddle steamer STATE OF NEW YORK.* Official U.S. number 126150. Built 1883 at Wyandotte, Mich. Home port, Cleveland. 807.89 gross tons - 564.52 net tons 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5.
formerly Steam paddle CITY OF MACKINAC.
Merchant Vessels List, U.S., 1894
Steam paddle wheel STATE OF NEW YORK.* U.S. No. 126150. Of 807 tons gross; 564 tons net. Built at Wyandotte, Mich., in 1883. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5 of 826 Indicated horse power and a crew of 43. Passenger service.
*Formerly steam paddle CITY OF MACKINAC.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1917
Steam paddle wheel FLORIDA.* U.S. No. 126150. Of 807 tons gross; 564 tons net. Built at Wyandotte, Mich., in 1883. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5 and a crew of 43. Passenger service. Iron built.
*Formerly steam paddle CITY OF MACKINAC, STATE OF NEW YORK
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1918
CITY of MACKINAC * Built 1883 Sidewheel Passenger - Iron
U. S. No. 126150 807 gt 564 nt 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5
* Renamed, (b) STATE OF NEW YORK - US - 1892
(c) FlORIDA - US - 1918
Reduced to barge; converted to use as club house for yacht club at Chicago, Ill., 1936.
(d) COLUMBIA - US -. 1936
Detroit/Wyandotte Shipbuilding Master List
Institute for Great Lakes Research