Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Baltic (Steamboat), 17 Jun 1847
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Our ship yards present an appearance of great activity at present, and the construction of steamboats and vessels for the lake trade are pushed with an energy and enterprise that gives great promise to this important branch of business in our city. The present winter, has been highly propitious for ship building, and our two yards will turn out in the spring, boats and vessels, affording an aggregate of three thousand tons!
      Messrs. Bidwell & Banta have now on the stocks and finishing two steamers, one brig and three schooners.
The steamer BALTIC, which is building for M. Kingman, has been launched and is in a good state of forwardness towards completion. She will be a first class boat, of 825 tons burthen. Is of splendid model, and her style of finish to be equal to the most elegant of our lake fleet. She will be placed under the command of Capt. A.T. Kingman, and enter the Chicago line in the spring, with the best of prospects.
Her appointments are all judiciously made. Mr. Sandford, the former, popular clerk on the CONSTITUTION, will have that department, and Mr. Wormley, than whom, none knows better how to provide for the wants of passengers, will go as Steward.
Capt. Richard Liddlets boat, the DIAMOND, of some 300 tons is now on the stocks, nearly ready to be launched. She is a gem of a craft, and when afloat will be among the finest specimens of lake steamers. She is intended for the coasting trade between this port and the port of Barcelonia, and will make her trips by daylight. Her engine
is of Pittsburgh manufacture and of such power as will give her speed equal to any emergency.
A brig of 250 tons is on the stocks, for Mr. William Buckley and Capt. Dimmick.
A schooner of 240 tons for H.M. Kinne.
A schooner of 240 tons for Mr. P. Short.
One of 180 tons for the builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta.
At the ship yard of Capt. F.N. Jones, the following vessels are in a good state of forwardness and will be afloat in the spring.
A schooner of 250 tons for Mr. Samuel T. Atwater.
A schooner of 230 tons for Messrs. Fleeharty & Warren.
A schooner of 220 tons for Messrs. Joy & Webster.
A schooner of 260 tons for George B. Walbridge, and Capt. B. Trowbridge.
A schooner of 260 tons for the builders, Capt. F.N. & J.M. Jones.
These boats and vessels will form a very important accession to the commerce of the lakes, and yet the prospect for business increases, so as to justify those who are concerned in making the investments.
The steamer HENDRIK HUDSON, owned by H.M. Kinne, and Capt.Jones, her popular commander, came out last fall in an unfinished state, and made a trip to the Upper Lakes. She now lies at the foot of Main Street and is receiving a splendid upper cabin, whose finishing touches will be made by the Millers. When completed, she will be among the first boats in point of splendor, accommodation and speed. When she is perfect we shall show her up as she deserves.
Capt.G.Appleby's new steamer, the SULTANA, lies near the foot of Michigan Street, where the mechanics and artisans are bringing her to a state of perfection, unexcelled by the most magnificent of our nobel fleet of steamers. She is a splendid craft, and when in commission will take her place in the front rank.
Capt. H. Whittaker is preparing the A.D. PATCHIN for spring trade, and she will be ready for an early navigation,in prime condition for business.
      Morning Express, Buffalo
      Wednesday, February 17, 1847

      The BALTIC is entirely new -- built of the best oak and cedar: length 230 feet; breadth 53 feet; depth of hold 13 feet, and measures 825 tons. She is fitted up with a Saloon Cabin 200 feet long, and 60 State Rooms opening therefrom; 8 Family Rooms, with bedsteads and camp curtains; and also has 5 Steerage Cabins. She is furnished throughout with all the luxuriousness and comforts of a first class Hotel, and is not excelled on any waters for all appointments that make travelling pleasant and agreeable.
      The arrangements for Steerage Passengers have been made with an eye to serve the good wishes of all having friends to follow them.
      M. Kingman, Managing Owner
      J. H. Hooker, Agent
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, June 9, 1847

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The BALTIC. -- This new and truly splendid steamer went up the lake last evening on her first trip. Her model is faultless, and she is fitted up with a degree of splendor and regard for the comfort of passengers, not surpassed by any other boat on the lakes. The dimensions of the BALTIC are as follows: Length, 230 feet; breadth, 53 feet; depth of hold, 13 feet; and she measures 825 tons. Her gorgeous saloon cabin is 200 feet in length, into which open 60 commodious state rooms; 16 of those are, like those of the OHIO, connected by folding doors with the others, and all are most elegantly furnished. The BALTIC is owned by Mr. M. Kingman, and commanded by Capt. A.T. Kingman. Success to her and her young, though able and gentlemanly commander.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, May 12, 1847
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      The steamer BALTIC leaves for Buffalo tonight. We have had a brief opportunity to look through this boat. It needs but a glance to see that in it internal arrangements, it is equal to any boat on the Lake. She has eight private parlors on each side of the cabin, and is fitted up and furnished, not only for elegance, but for substantial confort, which, after all, is the great object among travellers. They do not like "cold grandeur" merely but desire "a home." The BALTIC is commanded by A.T. Kingman, one of the youngest officers on the Lakes, but still with an experience of some years. The success and popularity with which he has managed his new boat is a creditable testimony to his efficency as an officer. Mr. Sanford, the Clerk, and Mr. Wormley, the Steward, complete the corps of officers. We have no experience in their departments, but those who have travelled in the BALTIC say that in every respect there are "none better. - Milwaukee Wiskonsan, of the 11th.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 17, 1847

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Baltic (Steamboat), 17 Jun 1847