The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Propeller), 1 Mar 1851

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Marine News.--We paid a visit a few days since, to the ship-yard of Messrs. Bidwell & Banta, for the purpose of noting the progress made on the different craft in course of construction. They have over three hundred men employed, and are pushing forward their work very rapidly.
The propeller BUFFALO, which is to be the largest vessel of any kind, on any of our inland waters, is to be ready to launch by the 10th of April, with her machinery all in and ready to get up steam the moment she is launched. She is beautiful model, and is by far the best piece of work ever brought out here. We advise those who would like to see a perfect specimen of shipbuilding, to pay a visit to their yard. Her machinery is from the foundry of S. Shepard, and is very powerful, she is owned by Messrs. L.H. Pratt and Geo. B. Walbridge and is to be under the command of Capt. Goldsmith.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Monday, March 10, 1851

LARGE PROPELLER. -- The propeller BUFFALO now building for Messrs. Pratt & Geo. B. Walbridge at the yard of Bidwell & Banta will be ready to launch in a few days. The BUFFALO will be the largest propeller on the lakes and her model is a most beautiful one.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 14, 1851

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Buffalo (Propeller), 1 Mar 1851