The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Aldebaron (Canal Boat), 1 Aug 1853

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FINE CANAL CRAFT. - An inspection of the lake boat "ALDEBARON," (says the
Rochester Democrat,) just launched from the boat-yard of Messrs. Howell & Meyer, St. Paul St., furnishes us with conclusive evidence that we did not commend them; on their recommencement of business, without reason. The builders of this handsome and complete craft have "laid themselves out" to put afloat a lake boat that should be beyond criticism. And whatever model, elegance of proportion, quality of material, or the nicer points of finish are considered, in no respect can there be error or a flaw discovered. The true line of beauty has been rigidly preserved, every joint has been fitted to perfection, and such material were selected as would bear the closest scrutiny. The ALDEBARON will find very
few, if any, equals on the Grand Canal. It was built for Mr. E.H. Walker, of Buffalo, owner of the American Transportation Company, measures 108 tons, and will carry 1,000 barrels of flour; 93 feet in length and 15 wide; draws 1 foot light and 3 6 inches laden. The calking was done by J. McQuatters, the iron work by R. Loacher; and the painting by W.R. Bascom. Each of the mechanics who had a share in putting together and finishing this boat can point with pride to their work. The ALDEBARON has left for Buffalo yesterday evening.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, August 12, 1853

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Aldebaron (Canal Boat), 1 Aug 1853