The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bay City (Steamboat), 11 Mar 1853

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The beautiful stm. BAY CITY arrived here this evening from Toledo under the command of Capt. S.F. Atwood, formerly of the ARROW. The BAY CITY drew crowds to visit her this morning, and an inspection of her "points" proved highly satisfactory to all who went aboard. She is larger than Atwood's first love (the ARROW); has greatly increased accommodations-having an upper deck cabin-and is far more beautifully fitted up in every aspect and what is more, it is confidently asserted she has a greater speed. To use the words of the commander, "she closely resembles the stm. FOREST CITY, built last season for the Cleveland & Detroitline, except that she is fitted up in finer style and can run faster." Only one thing seems to be lacking to make the BAY CITY "just the thing" for the Sandusky and Detroit Line; and we presume that want will be supplied on a hint of its exsistance. We refer to an appropriate suit of colors. It is said that the captain has a suit on board, appropriate enough for a Cleveland boat, but the old Commodore don't think they would look good on a Sandusky stemaer. The BAY CITY will run a daily line from this place to Detroit, running in connection with the Mad River Railroad Fast Express Trains. Her accommodations are most complete-being of a capacity of 488 tons, with accommodations for sleeping and feeding 160 passengers conveniently and comfortably. Her time will be 5 hours to Detroit, and all persons going from Cincinnati going to Detroit and the West or North will meet with greater economy and dispatch of than by any other route. A
few days of regular running and then the BAY CITY will settle down into regular trips. SHe left this morning for Detroit, but returns this evening and goes down to Cleveland. All persons bound down will be on board.
      Sandusky Evening Register
      March 11, 1853 3-1

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Bay City (Steamboat), 11 Mar 1853