The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Banshee (Steamboat), 30 Nov 1854

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LAUNCH. ---On Thursday afternoon, there was launched from the shipyard of Mr. Ault, at Portsmouth, a new steamer for the river mail line, named the BANSHEE. The BANSHEE is of the full size of the locks, is of an exceedingly beautiful model, and must prove a very fast boat. Her engine, which is nearly ready, is from the Kingston foundry. Part of the machinery is already aboard. The BANSHEE was towed down to Bowen's wharf immediately after the launch.
Preparations are being made at Ault's shipyard, to proceed immediately with another steamer, for the lake and river passenger and freight trade. This one will have 180 feet keel, 27 feet beam, and 10 and a half feet hold; and an engine with a 44 inch cylinder, and ten feet stroke. The engine is in progress at the Kingston Foundry, and the new boat will in all probility be ready for business in the early part of July next. She is building for Capt Perry, formerly of the HIGHLANDER, under whose command she will be. --------- Kingston Daily News, 2nd.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, December 12, 1854

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Banshee (Steamboat), 30 Nov 1854