The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Badger State (Propeller), U2111, 23 May 1862

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THE PROPELLER BADGER STATE. -- The propeller 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 bulk heads, dividing her into watertight compartments, and her cabins are nearly as commodious, and are finished and furnished in as superb style as any of the best first-class passenger steamers; Her length, Custom House measure, is 210 feet; depth of hold 13 feet, and tonnage , 900 tons.
      Her engines were built at the Shepard Iron Works, and have 44 inch cylinders, with 40 inch stroke. Her shafts were forged by Delany. Her upholstering was furnished by Chas. Armstrong, and her furniture by Hersee & Timmerman. She is officered as follows: James Beckwith, master; J. H. Austin, 1st mate; Samuel Van Every, 1st engineer, and Orland Thayer, 2d engineer. There was never a finer vessel of her class floated in our harbor, and she is commanded by as good a seaman as ever walked the quarterdeck. The BADGER STATE cleared last evening for Milwaukee, and we expect due need of praise for her good qualities from the city of the State after which she is named. The BADGER STATE and the EMPIRE STATE complete the Ensign's People's Upper Lake Propeller Line.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, May 23, 1862
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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

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Badger State (Propeller), U2111, 23 May 1862