The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Propeller), U3076, 8 Aug 1878

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      Special Dispatch to the Post & Tribune. - Cleveland, Aug. 8.
      The launch of the new propeller BUFFALO, of the New York Central and Erie Canal Line, today, was a perfect success, the boat making her leap clear and clean, in the presence of a swarm of spectators. She is to be fitted out immediately, and sent on her way, and a load of freight is even now awaiting her at Buffalo. She is a beauty, and measures as follows: Length, 275 feet; beam, 36 feet; depth of hold, 16 feet.
The BUFFALO differs from the DELAWARE and CONESTOGA, built by the same firm, in that her engines are placed on the main deck, and are supported by heavy timbers placed upright under them. This arrangement not only brings the engine nearer the engineer, but increases the size of the hold, enabling her to carry 200 tons more freight. Capt. Cannon, formerly of the COMMODORE, will have command of her. She was built under his supervision. The dimensions are as follows: 260 feet from outside of stem and stern, 275 feet on deck; 36 feet beam; 16 feet hold.
      The main deck is arranged and fitted with double hatches.
      There is also on the main deck a high pressure hoisting engine, with a line of shafting extending nearly the entire length of the boat, upon which are friction drums, fitted to hoist freight from the eight hatches, and also to work two bilge pumps if required. A seperate steam donkey pump can also be set in motion, either to supply the water in the main boiler, wash-room, pump bilge-water, or put out a fire.
      The engine is a double Barry & Lay compound. The upper cylinder is 20 inches in diameter and has a 40 inch stroke, while the lower cylinder has a 40 inch stroke and 40 inch bore. The boilers are two in number, eight feet in diameter, and 16 feet long, and are made of half inch steel; also two furnaces, six main flues, and 136 smaller flues. The steam chimney is 74 inches in diameter and eight feet high. The engine is fitted with the automatic oiler, invented by Mr. Moses. It is safe to say that nothing important has been overlooked or done poorly. - (Ed.)
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Friday, August 9, 1878

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Steam screw BUFFALO. U. S. No. 3076. Of 1,762.85 tons gross; 1,662.40 tons Net. Built Cleveland, O., 1878. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Of 800 horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Buffalo (Propeller), U3076, 8 Aug 1878