Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Atlantic (Steamboat), 24 Jan 1849
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BOAT BUILDING AT THE St. CLAIR. - We hear that Ward's new steamer, the ATLANTIC, made a trial of the new engine a few days since, in running from Newport to Port Huron. The machinery worked well and the engine fully met the expectations of the owners. The engine was originally, built for one of the 'Sound' boats, and has a cylinder of 62 inches. It is one of the finest pieces of workmanship. The ATLANTIC is about the same size as the MAYFLOWER and will, we believe, run in connection with the Central Road. The upper works are not yet finished, but she will be ready, and out by the 1st. of May. ---- Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, January 24, 1849

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      STEAMER ATLANTIC. - This new candidate for popular favor made her first appearance here this morning in an unfinished state. She is to run in connection with the Michigan Railroad. When fully equipped for service we shall take occasion to notice her more fully.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, May 15, 1849 p. 2

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THE ATLANTIC. -This is the name of a new and beautiful steamer which came into our harbor for the first time on Thursday evening. She is now receiving on board her furniture preparatory to adding her place in the morning line of the Michigan Central Railroad Company. The ATLANTIC is owned by Messrs. E. B. and S. Ward, of St. Clair, Mich., where she was built during the past winter. her dimensions are as follows: -
      Length .......................feet 267
      Breadth of beam........ " 33
      Depth of hold................... 12 feet 6 inches
      Burden, Custom House measurement... 1,156 tons
The ALANTIC was built by J. L. Wolverton, for the Messrs. Ward. Joiner work by James Lowe. Painting and decorations by James Smith of Buffalo. Her furniture, which is of beautiful rosewood, of exquisite workmanship, is from the extensive establishment of Hersee & Timmerman of this city, who are not excelled any where in the manufacture of articles in this line.
      We think it far exceeds anything upon the lakes, and affords good evidence of the perfection to which this brand of mechanical business has been brought in our city. We understand that before entering into arrangements for the furniture here, the captain of the ATLANTIC went to new York, Albany, and some other of the eastern cities, but he became satisfied from the superiority of that manufactured by Messrs. H. & T., for the EMPIRE STATE, particularly that for beauty of design, adaptation to its purposes, and elegance of finish, amounting to almost 'Regal Magnificence,' Buffalo could not be excelled. We are glad to see this appreciation of our mechanics, and this patronizing of home manufacture -- for although the ATLANTIC was built near Detroit, yet her home is upon the lakes, and her interest identified with every point. We hope our citizens will avail themselves of the opportunity which will be afforded this afternoon of inspecting the ATLANTIC and her appointments. The upholstery is by Messrs. Doremus & Nixon of New York. The plate was made to order in Birmingham, with the name of the boat engraved upon each piece, crockery from a Liverpool manufactory, with a like inscription.
The engines of the ATLANTIC were built by Flagg & Delamater of the Phoenix Foundry, New York. Cylinders 60 inches in diameter, 11 feet stroke, with two boilers 10 feet in diameter and 34 feet long.
      The officers are: -- Captain Stephen Clement: Engineer, Walter Cameron: Clerk, Theodore Luce: Steward, Robert Montgomery.
The ATLANTIC is built with the modern improvements, and is another beautiful specimen of marine architecture. She, with the MAY FLOWER, is to form the morning line of the Central Railroad, and intends to be ready to leave for Detroit on Monday.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Saturday, May 26, 1849 p. 2

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This beautiful vessel is now completed and ready to take her place as a morning boat in the Michigan Central railroad Line -- leaving this city and Detroit each alternate morning, in connection with the MAYFLOWER.
The ATLANTIC is 267 feet in length, 33 feet beam and 13 feet 4 inches, hold --being 1155 tons burthen, Custom House measurement. She is owned by Messrs. E. B. & S. Ward, of St. Clair, Michigan. She was built by Mr. J. L. Wolverton -- Joiner work by Mr. James Lowe -- Painting and finishing by Mr. James Smith, Buffalo -- Furniture of rosewood, from the establishment of Hersee & Timmerman, Buffalo -- Upholstery from the establishment of Doremus & Nixon, New York. Her plate is from Birmingham. It is a very tasteful design and was made to order, with the name of the boat engraved upon each piece. Her crockery is from the celebrated Liverpool manufactory, with a cut and name of the boat on each piece.
      Her engine was built by Hogg & Delamater, Phoenix foundry, New York, with a cylinder 50 inches in diameter, and 11 feet stroke. She has two boilers, 10 feet in diameter and 34 feet long.
      The ATLANTIC is an ornament to our Lake Marine, which already embraces many of the most splendid vessels on the American waters. In speed and accommodations for the travelling public, we are confident she will prove in no respect inferior to them. Her owners merit and will doubtless receive a liberal share of public patronage.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      Saturday, May 26, 1849

Steam paddle ATLANTIC. Of 1,155 tons. Built Newport, Mich., 1849. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION:-- Collided with OGDENSBURG, August 20, 1852 above Long Point, Lake Erie, with the loss of 150 lives.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S.
      Lytle--Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Atlantic (Steamboat), 24 Jan 1849