The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Saginaw (Steamboat)

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The New Steamboat ST. CLAIR.-- We visited on Saturday, the new Steam Boat ST. CLAIR, owned by our enterprizing townsman John Robinson.-- The ST. CLAIR was formerly the RHODE ISLAND, but there is but little more left of that boat than there was of the boy’s jack knife after it had three new blades and two new handles.
She is thoroughly and entirely metamorphosed into a new and elegant boat. Her tonnage is 250; length 150 feet; breadth of beam 19 feet, with 8 feet hold. The gentleman’s cabin and saloon are on the upper deck, somewhat after the fashion of the GREAT WESTERN. She has two state rooms on the upper deck, and four on the main deck, adjoining the ladies cabin, which is admirably adapted to comfort and convenience. She is finished in a neat, plain substantial manner, which does great credit to the taste of our worthy friend Gooding, and is well-guarded against accidents by fire.-- She will be under the command of Captain Burnet, formerly of the NEW ENGLAND, and makes her maiden trip to Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      April 17, 1843

Steam paddle St. CLAIR*. Built Sandusky, Ohio, 1836. Other names RHODE ISLAND, SAGINAW.
      Herman Runge List

      Sandusky, June 3. -- Another new steamboat was launched at this place a few days ago. It is called SAGINAW, is of about 150 tons burden; is to be commanded by Captain McKenzie, who last year commanded the steamboat UNCLE SAM; is intended to run between Detroit and Saginaw; and is expected to be ready for service in the course of next month. --- Clarion
      Buffalo Daily Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, June 9, 1837


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Saginaw (Steamboat)