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Adriatic (Propeller), U302, 28 May 1856

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The prop. ADRIATIC built in Buffalo for Messrs. Bancroft of this city, was launched on Saturday. She is of heavy tonnage and is designed to run between this city and Dunkirk, in the New York and Erie Line.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 20, 1856

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      PROPELLER ADRIATIC. - We paid a visit to this new and elegant craft this morning, now lying at the foot of Michigan Street, taking in her cargo for Chicago. She is a specimen of naval architecture such as is rarely met with, and excites universal commendation. She was built in this city by Messrs. Van Slyke, Notter & Co., and is owned by Charles Bancroft, Esq., of Detroit. Her length overall is 181 feet; breadth of beam 31 feet 6 inches; depth of hold 12 feet 6 inches; and burthen, 678 tons. She is thoroughly arched and fastened
throughout with iron, and presents the staunchest appearance of any similar craft afloat. Her accommodations for steerage and cabin passengers, to say nothing of those for the officers and crew are ample, and not excelled even by our first class passenger steamers. Her engines are from the Buffalo Works---of the oscillating kind---with 40 inch cylinder, (the largest by two inches of any on the lakes) and three feet stroke. The shaft is 11 1/2 inches in diamater, and the wheel, with an abundant apparatus for generating steam.
      The ADRIATIC is commanded by Captain M.S. Lathrop, formerly of the BRUNSWICK, than whom a better sailor and more accomplished gentleman ever trod a deck. He is one of the few men worthy to command such a craft, and will give, we venture to say, a profitable account of himself. Her first officer is James Welsh, also well known. Engineer, Mr. Knight, who understands business thoroughly, and knows how to apply the gas with referance to speed and safety.
Altogether the ADRIATIC is one of the finest propellers afloat, and we only regret our inability to do her full justice. Success to her and her gallant commander.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 22, 1856

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The Elegant new propeller ADRIATIC is now loading for Chicago. She was built by Van Slyke & Notter Co., of this city and is owned by Charles Bancroft of Detroit. She measures 181' x 31' 6" over all and 678 tons. She is thoroughly arched and fastened. - Buffalo Commercial
      Milwaukee Daily Sentinel
      June 30, 1856

The propeller ADRIATIC is advertised to run during the season of 1857 by the Northwestern Transportation Line, between Buffalo, Milwaukee and Chicago. She is of 662 tons, 181' x 31'overall. Built 1856. Other vessels on the same route belonging to the same line are GLOBE, MONTGOMERY, ONTONAGON, OGONTZ, WABASH VALLEY, and one new unnamed boat.
      Milwaukee Daily Sentinel
      March 25, 1857
Steam screw ADRIATIC. U. S. No. 302. Of 663 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y, 1856. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION:-- Rig changed to a barge August 9, 1871
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Adriatic (Propeller), U302, 28 May 1856