LAUNCH. - The propeller ANNA DOBBINS was launched at the shipyard of Messrs. Mills & Welch, at 5 o'clock yesterday P.M. This beautiful steamer was built by Mills & Welch for Thomas D. Dole, Esq., and named after the daughter of our townsman, Capt. D.P. Dobbins. Dimensions: 110 1/2 feet long; 18 feet beam, and 10 feet hold. Measures 175 tons. Engine, singly direct acting. Cylinder, 24 by 26 inches, from the Vulcan Works. The propeller wheel is of the real Philadelphia pattern from the Natie & Levy Works, Philadelphia. No pains or expense have been spared to make this a model craft, and we think she excels in model and workmanship of hull and machinery, and cannot but be of great power and speed. She will be commanded by that Prince of good fellows, Capt. John Rice, and will be engaged in towing, &c., on the lakes and rivers, and, perhaps go round to New York via the river and Guly of St. Lawrence.
Buffalo Daily Courier
Thursday, September 18, 1862
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The prop. ANNA DOBBINS was launched at the shipyard of Messrs. Mills & Welch at 5:00 Wednesday (9/17) afternoon. She was built by Thomas D. Dole, and is named for one of the daughters of our fellow townsman, Capt. D.P. Dobbins. She is to be commanded by Capt. James Rice and is to be engaged in towing on the the lakes and river.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
September 19, 1862
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Steam screw ANNA DOBBINS. U.S. No. 395. Of 82.70 gross tons; 41.35 tons net. Built 1852 at Buffalo, N.Y. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 97.8 x 18.0 x 9.0 of 292 nominal horse power.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1886