The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Propeller), U3076, 10 Aug 1878

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ABOUT THE BUFFALO. - The following additional facts relative to the propeller BUFFALO are taken from the Cleveland Leader of yesterday: After being launched she drew 4 1/2 feet forward and 9 1/2 feet aft. Her dimensions are as follows: 260 feet from outside of stem and stern, 275 feet on deck; 36 feet beam; 16 feet hold, keel sided, 14 inches, keel molded 10 inches, frames molded at keel 15 inches, frames molded at bilge 12 1/2 inches, frames molded at head inches, floor timbers three thickness of 6 inch flitch (?), carried unbroken across the keels, butts of frames alternate, extra buttock on bilge of each frame, main keelson 14 x 16, first rider keelson 14 x 16, sister keelson bolted to frame and main keelson, and 10 x 16 inches floor five on each side of keel and 10 x 14 inches, bilge strakes 8 inches thick, balance 7 inches thick, balance of ceiling to thick strake between deck beams 6 inches thick, strake for beams 10 x 6 inches and let in one inch, all ceiling above thick strake 6 inches; outside planking as follows: Garboard 6 inches thick, next strake to garboard 5 inches thick, balance of planking to bilge 4 inches thick, on bilge and from bilge to planksheer 5 inches thick, beams molded 10 inches at center and 8 inches at ends, beams sided 11 x 12 inches, stringers under deck frame continuous from stern and boiler, trusses under boiler connected with stringer under deck frame, stanchions in hold double-kneed above and below, arch posts 11 x 12 inches, arches 16 x 28 inches. The main deck is arranged and fitted with double hatches. At each bulk-head there are rods and braces to strengthen the vessel. There is also a bridge for boats between the after and forward cabins. On the main deck is a high-pressure hoisting engine, connected with a line of shafting extending nearly the entire length of the boat, fitted to hoist freigh from the eight hatches, and also to work two bilge pumps if required.
      A miniture gilt buffalo, as if in the act of making a charge, occupies a position over the pilot house.
      There remains some joiner work and painting yet to be done to complete the propeller, but it is expected that she will leave Cleveland Saturday of next week for Buffalo, where a large amount of up-freight awaits shipment.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Saturday, August 10, 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, 10 Aug 1878