The prop. BADGER STATE arrived at O'Grady's dock on Sunday morning on her way to Milwaukee. The Buffalo Express thus speaks of her: "The prop. BADGER STATE is one of the finest specimens of naval architecture that has ever been constructed in this city, and is justly a source of pride to her builders, Messrs. Mason & Bidwell. Her model promises speed, while the strength of her hull is unsurpassed by any on the lakes. She is built with bulkheads, dividinf her into water tight compartments, and her cabins are nearly as commodious, and are finsihed and furnished in as superb a style as any of the best first class passenger steamers. Her length, custom house measurement, is 210' * 32' * 13'; and tonnage 900 tons.
"her engines were built at the Shepard Iron Works, and have 44" cylinders, with 40" stroke. She is officered as follows:
James Beckwith, master; J.H. Austin, first mate; Samuel Van Every, first engineer; and Orlando Thayer, second engineer. There has never been a finer vessel of her class floated in our harbor, and she is commanded by as a good a seaman as ever walked the quarter deck. The BADGER STATE cleared last night for Milwaukee, and we expect due meed of praise for her good qualities from the cities of the State after which is named."
Detroit Free Press
May 27, 1862
Steam screw BADGER STATE. U. S. No. 2111. Of 1,115.52 tons gross; 917.03 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1862. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884