Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hendrik Hudson (Steamboat), 1847
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Our ship yards present an appearance of great activity at present, and the construction of steamboats and vessels for the lake trade are pushed with an energy and enterprise that gives great promise to this important branch of business in our city. The present winter, has been highly propitious for ship building, and our two yards will turn out in the spring, boats and vessels, affording an aggregate of three thousand tons!
      Messrs. Bidwell & Banta have now on the stocks and finishing two steamers, one brig and three schooners.
The steamer BALTIC, which is building for M. Kingman, has been launched and is in a good state of forwardness towards completion. She will be a first class boat, of 825 tons burthen. Is of splendid model, and her style of finish to be equal to the most elegant of our lake fleet. She will be placed under the command of Capt. A.T. Kingman, and enter the Chicago line in the spring, with the best of prospects.
Her appointments are all judiciously made. Mr. Sandford, the former, popular clerk on the CONSTITUTION, will have that department, and Mr. Wormley, than whom, none knows better how to provide for the wants of passengers, will go as Steward.
Capt. Richard Liddlets boat, the DIAMOND, of some 300 tons is now on the stocks, nearly ready to be launched. She is a gem of a craft, and when afloat will be among the finest specimens of lake steamers. She is intended for the coasting trade between this port and the port of Barcelonia, and will make her trips by daylight. Her engine
is of Pittsburgh manufacture and of such power as will give her speed equal to any emergency.
A brig of 250 tons is on the stocks, for Mr. William Buckley and Capt. Dimmick.
A schooner of 240 tons for H.M. Kinne.
A schooner of 240 tons for Mr. P. Short.
One of 180 tons for the builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta.
At the ship yard of Capt. F.N. Jones, the following vessels are in a good state of forwardness and will be afloat in the spring.
A schooner of 250 tons for Mr. Samuel T. Atwater.
A schooner of 230 tons for Messrs. Fleeharty & Warren.
A schooner of 220 tons for Messrs. Joy & Webster.
A schooner of 260 tons for George B. Walbridge, and Capt. B. Trowbridge.
A schooner of 260 tons for the builders, Capt. F.N. & J.M. Jones.
These boats and vessels will form a very important accession to the commerce of the lakes, and yet the prospect for business increases, so as to justify those who are concerned in making the investments.
The steamer HENDRIK HUDSON, owned by H.M. Kinne, and Capt.Jones, her popular commander, came out last fall in an unfinished state, and made a trip to the Upper Lakes. She now lies at the foot of Main Street and is receiving a splendid upper cabin, whose finishing touches will be made by the Millers. When completed, she will be among the first boats in point of splendor, accommodation and speed. When she is perfect we shall show her up as she deserves.
Capt.G.Appleby's new steamer, the SULTANA, lies near the foot of Michigan Street, where the mechanics and artisans are bringing her to a state of perfection, unexcelled by the most magnificent of our nobel fleet of steamers. She is a splendid craft, and when in commission will take her place in the front rank.
Capt. H. Whittaker is preparing the A.D. PATCHIN for spring trade, and she will be ready for an early navigation,in prime condition for business.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Wednesday, February 17, 1847

      We are indebted to Mr. Tibbats, our Deputy Collector, for the following: Abstract of New Vessels built in the District of Cuyahoga, Ohio, during the year 1847, with their denominations, tons, and value.
      Type Name Tonnage Value
Steamboat HENDRIK HUDSON 750-16 $60,000
      " OHIO 583-51 $40,000
Propeller MANHATTAN 319-68 $26,000
      " PAUGASSET 298-50 $21,500
      " BOSTON 250-05 $19,000
Brig MAHONING 250-42 $11,500
      " PILGRIM 242-19 $9,600
      " BANNER 431-38 $17,240
      " EUREKA 372-88 $15,000
      " CONCORD 231-07 $9,810
Schooner SARAH GREEN 119-48 $4,700
      " ALBATROSS 234-62 $9,400
      " DAHLIA 210-29 $8,200
      " J.W. BROWN 238-55 $9,500
      " TRIDENT 248-34 $9,920
      " H.N. GATES 168-78 $6,760
      " COURIER 219-31 $8,760
      " RALEIGH 219-52 $8,760
      " SPEEDWELL 160-51 $6,440
      " WYOMING 232-61 $9,320
      " INDUSTRY 92-36 $3,700
      " ONTONAGON 216-72 $8,680
      " ARABELLA 66-25 $2,970
      " THOMAS L. HAMER 108-72 $4,360
      " HERALD 219-21 $8,760
      " ALPHA 65-88 $2,070
      " RAMBLER 137-65 $5,520
      " GIPSEY 181-09 $7,240
      " WILLIAM 187-77 $7,520
      " SAMUEL STRONG 222-58 $8,920
      " SIGNAL 161-22 $6,440
      " J.M. HUGHES 165-59 $6,640
      " LAVINIA 199-01 $7,960
      " GENERAL TAYLOR 244-88 $9,800
      " LELAND 213-40 $8,520
      " TELEGRAPH 276-33 $11,040
Scow ROUGH & READY 90-50 $3,600
      " ANAWAN 43-08 $1,720
      " LOUISA 34 $1,360
      " OXFORD 49 $1,960
      Total value $441,000 - Cleveland Plain Dealer
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, November 13, 1847

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Hendrik Hudson (Steamboat), 1847