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Arabia (Propeller), U105254, 7 Apr 1873


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The new prop. ARABIA, of the Western Transportation line was successfully launched last evening.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 15, 1873 3-5

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      LAUNCH OF THE " ARABIA."
      Last evening between six and seven o'clock the splendid new iron steamer ARABIA, of the Western Transportation Company's Line, was successfully launched into the Evans Slip. This vessel was contracted for by the King Iron Works and would have been finished last September, but for the suspension of that establishment. In December last the Western Transportation Co. took the completion of the vessel in habd and carried on the work, with Mr. Robert Craig, of the firm of Gibson & Craig, as superintendent of the iron work, and Mr. Robert Parker as director of the wood work. Mr. Peter Miller, Chief Engineer of the W. T. Company, had general charge.
      The length of keel is 224 feet 6 inches; length over all 235 feet. She is 34 feet beam, and her depth of hold is 15 feet 6 inches. Her tonnage measurement is 1,200, and she has a freight capacity of 1,600 tons. The ARABIA is provided with two 40-inch cylinder single screw engines and a steel boiler 18 by 10 feet; both engine and boiler were made at the King Iron Works. This superb vessel contains all the latest arrangements and is in many respects an improvement on the iron propellers launched last summer. Her complete outfit was furnished by Messrs. Vosburgh & Baker.
      Although no public notification of the launch had been given, still a very large crowd gathered during the afternoon to witness the exciting spectacle. The delay was unavoidable, but those who waited were well repaid by seeing the superb craft descend into her native element. The launch was a perfect success in every respect. The ARABIA will be commanded by Capt. Wm. Dickson, formerly of the VANDERBILT, and will run like the other vessels of the W., T. Company's Line between here and Chicago. She will be ready to commence business, or very nearly so, by the opening of navigation.
      There is in the same yard a new three-masted schooner, the SCHUYKILL, built for the Anchor Line by Messrs. Gibson & Craig, and now about ready to launch. It is contemplated to launch this vessel on Saturday next.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 15, 1873

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The splendid new iron steamer ARABIA, built for the Western Transportation Company of this city, was launched on Monday evening into the Evan's slip. This vessel was to have been built originally - in fact the work on her was commenced by the King Iron Works, but owing to the suspension of the establishment the W. T. Co. took the completion of the vessel in hand and carried on the work, with Mr. Robert Craig, of the firm of Gibson & Craig, as superintendent of the iron work, and Mr. Robert Parker as director of the wood work. Mr. Peter Miller, Chief Engineer of the W. T. Company, has general charge. The ARABIA will be commanded by Capt. Wm. Dickson, formerly of the VANDERBILT, and will run like the other vessels of the W. T. Company's Line between, here and Chicago. She will be ready to commence business, or very nearly so, by the opening of navigation.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Wednesday, April 16, 1873

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Steam screw ARABIA. U. S. No. 105254. Of 1,395.48 tons gross; 1,202.28 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1873. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 221.8 x 34.5 x 14.2 Of 480 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895


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launch, Buffalo
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1873
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McN.E.816
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William R. McNeil
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Arabia (Propeller), U105254, 7 Apr 1873