The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Propeller), 1 Jun 1854

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NEW PROPELLER.---Bidwell & Banta are building a new propeller of 400 tons, for Messrs. Bancroft & Co., of Detroit. She is to run in the Watertown, Rome and Cape Vincent Railroad Line. Her engines are to come from the manufactory of Sidney Shepard. She will be out about the first of September.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, June 5, 1854

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MORE NEW VESSELS.---We learn that Messrs. Bidwell & Banta have concluded a contract with Messrs. Bancroft, of Oswego, to build two new propellers for their Cape Vincent, Sandusky and Detroit Line. The gentlemen have also in contemplation the building of two additional propellers, for the same line.--- making four in all. The keel of one has been already laid.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      July 1, 1854

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The canal propeller BUFFALO, built by Biswell & Banta, of this city, as an experiment, has returned from Albany, on her first trip. She is somewhat of a failure. We understand that she was towed back by horse power.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, September 12, 1854

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Buffalo (Propeller), 1 Jun 1854