Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Cleveland (Steamboat), 19 May 1857
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BUSINESS AT THE YARDS. - A visit to the shipyards discolses many interesting facts which we can only briefly lay before our readers:
      At Bidwell, Banta & Co.'s, we found just launched, Capt Perkins' leviathan steamer CITY OF BUFFALO, of 2250 tons burthen, .........
      Also the CITY OF CLEVELAND, a steamer of 800 tons - cost $75,000 - for the Michigan Central Road, and destined to run between Cleveland and Detroit.....
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, April 21, 1857

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The new and elegant steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, arrived last evening on her first trip from Cleveland, having taken her place on the route between that city and Detroit. She is entirely new, having just left the stocks of Messrs. Bidwell & Banta of Buffalo. She was built by them to run on their own account, but was chartered by the Michigan Central Railroad to run in their line from Cleveland to Detroit. Her dimensions are as given by Capt. Lundy: keel 225 ft. beam, 25 ft.; hold 13 ft.; making her about 900 tons burthen. She is well fastened throughout, on the most approved principles. Her water line is one indicating a capacity for speed, and her eigine, from the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, having a cylinder of 45 inch bore and 12 ft. stroke, will without doubt, put her on her best paces.
      The steamer has 160 berhts, and her cabins and staterooms are painted and decorated in an elegant and tasteful style, under the direction of Mr. J. Smith She was built by Buffalo mechanics, and, under the charge of Capt. Lundy, will be a favorite on the pleasant route of 7 hours travel from Cleveland to Detroit Her officers are: Captain - J.M. Lundy; Mate - L. McNutt; Engineer - Charles Holcomb; Clerk - Geo. McMillen; Steward - Charley Horton.
The CITY OF CLEVELAND is one of those floating palaces which are not so large that they resemble a great hotel, but is a compact, handsome boat, upon which will be a pleasure to travel. Her officers are of that sort that a person has confidence in their skill, and with whom he is made to feel at home. We predict that she will be a favorite boat on her route, and the position she will earn will be found founded upon merit.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 19, 1857

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STEAMER "CITY OF CLEVELAND." -- We find the following notice of this boat, which is running on the Detroit and Cleveland Line, in the Cleveland Herald:-- The CITY OF CLEVELAND was built in Buffalo, by Messrs. Bidwell, Banta & Co., for themselves, but has been chartered by the Michigam Central Railroad Co. The following are her dimensions: --
      Length of keel . . . . . . . . . . . 230 feet
      Breadth of beam . . . . . . . . 30 feet
      Depth of hold . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 feet
      Burthen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 tons
It will be seen that she is some 14 or 15 feet longer than the MAY QUEEN, and her engine is also larger and more powerful than that of the latter boat. The fittings and furniture have been selected with an eye to the substantial as well as ornamental. She is entirely a Buffalo built boat, and reflects credit on the mechanics of that city. The joiner work was done by John Bidwell, the furniture from the establishment of Hersee & Zimmerman, the painting and decoration is by T. Smith, and the upholstery by C. Armstrong. Her engine is from the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, is a new, low pressure one, having a cylinder of 45 inch bore and 12 feet stroke, which is bound to "put her through."
      Her officers are :-- Captain, J. M. Lundy, well known on the lakes as a skillful and experienced officer and a perfect gentleman; Mate, L. McNutt; Engineer, Chas. Holcomb; Clerk, George McMillan; Steward, Chas. Horton. Such a boat with such officers cannot fail to become a great favorite.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, May 21, 1857

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      SHIPBUILDING. - We give below a table showing the names, tonnage, valuation and builders of the new vessels turned out from our shipyards during the present season. This statement is a gratifying evidence of the prosperity of this branch of trade in our city, affording as it does, employment to a very large class of our citizens.
Class Name Builders Tons Value
Stmr. CITY OF BUFFALO Bidwell & Banta 1,800:00 $225,000
Stmr. * CITY OF CLEVELAND Bidwell & Bants 788:15 80,000
Stmr. CYGNET Notter & Co. 26:64 5,000
Prop. HUNTER Bidwell & Banta 667:07 50,000
Prop. EQUINOX F.W. Jones 620:65 50,000
Prop. EQUATOR F.W. Jones 620:65 50,000
Prop. ECLIPSE F.W. Jones 620:65 50,000
Prop. QUINCEY Van Slyck, Notter Co. 396:02 30,000
Prop. CITY OF MADISON Van Slyck, Notter Co. 394:53 30,000
Prop. BURLINGTON O'Connor 384:74 30,000
Prop. LA CROSSE O'Connor 397:76 30,000
Prop. DUBUQUE O'Connor 399:74 30,000 Prop. M.B. SPAULDING Hitchcock 383:88 30,000
Prop.Tug RAPID Bidwell & Banta 77:00 5,000
Prop.Tug H.P. CLINTON O'Connor 67:83 5.000
Prop.Tug H.N. MARTIN F.N. JONES 87:34 7,000
Prop.Tug LEVITHIAN B.B. Jones 315:64 30,000
Prop.Tug A.E. HART Van Slyke, Notter Co. 71:74 5,000
Prop.Tug ST. MARY Van Slyke, Notter Co. 62:23 5,000
Prop.Tug STILLMAN WITT O'Connor 127:92 10,000 Prop.Tug N.P. SPRAGUE F.N. Jones 173:08 10,000
Prop.Tug JOHN ELY Van Slyke, Notter Co. 29:65 5,000
      Total steam 8,515:39 $772,000 Schr. EUROPA O'Connor 391:88 18,000
Schr. MAZAPPA O'Connor 391:42 10,000
Schr. ETHAN ALLEN F.N. Jones 339:91 18,000
Schr. MARIA F. JOHNSON F.N. Jones 287:59 13,000
Schr. A.E. HART F.N. Jones 445:11 18,000
Schr. DIE VERNON F.N. Jones 414:04 18,000
Schr. LONE STAR F.N. Jones 383:76 17,000
Schr. YORK STATE F.N. Jones 389:37 17,000
Schr. GREY EAGLE Bidwell & Banta 380:91 17,000
Schr. SEA BIRD Bidwell & Banta 381:73 17,000
Schr. ROCKET Bidwell & Banta 478:38 18,000
Schr. COMET Bidwell & Banta 478:16 18,000
Schr. MARY BOOTH Bidwell & Banta 141:02 6,000
Schr. CORNELIA Bidwell & Banta 359:63 13,000
Schr. DAUNTLESS B.B. Jones 437:80 18,000
Schr. IMPERIAL B.B. Jones 437:80 18,000
Schr. INVINCIBLE B.B. Jones 437:80 18,000
Schr. J. THURSBY La Paige 359:92 17,000
Schr. WARECAN Kingston 371:44 17,000
      Total sail 7,308:24 $311,000
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 7, 1857
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City of Cleveland (Steamboat), 19 May 1857