The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Steamboat), 25 Apr 1838

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THE BUFFALO. - Capt. Allen, the accomplished master of the new brag boat of our neighbor city, emulous of the gallantry of Capt. Pratt of the GENERAL WAYNE and Capt. Hart of the CLEVELAND, in proffering pleasure excursions to the Clevelanders, has recently given the Buffalonians a pleasure trip, which must have been enjoyed with right good zest, judging from the animated description given by the Editor of the Commercial Advertiser. The trip was Niagara River to White Haven, "almost classic ground" in the language of the Commercial. Of the splendid boat, the editor thus discourseth -
      Before we step ashore, let us take a rapid glance at the noble structure upon whose deck we are now standing. This cabin, so filled with ladies that you can scarcely see its decorations, is a splendid one. Rich Brussel's carpeting curtains of satin damask, crimson and gold - mahogany sofas, center table and chairs - with a beautiful sky-light, formed by a dome of ornamented ground glass, gives it the appearance of a little fairy palace. Here are 24 berths. Those folding doors open into an elegant saloon, with large plate mirrors in every panel, ten in number. Surrounding these apartments are fourteen state rooms, with three berths each, excellantly fitted up, as you see. Observe how delicately the entrance to the gentleman's cabin below is ornamented. Here are some lovely miniature sketches done by Miller, representing various Indian scenes, Perry's Fleet, our State arms, our Light-house and harbor - with a figure of the stern old Chief Red Jacket. The staircase is lighted by that dome, and these windows of stained glass. The cabin below, we cannot press our way into, but it is over 80 feet long, and has between 60 and 70 berths, furnished in corresponding style. Let us step forward. Here is a very handsome apartment still, on the side, by the wheelhouse. That is the gentlemen's saloon, where wines, &c., are dispensed, and where one may lounge over a novel, to beguile a tedious hour. There is a spacious wash room, a very good thing, where you need not have your toes trod on. Your barber, too, will be on hand, in that nook. The steerage cabin ahead, has 50 berths and furnishes quite comfortable accommodations for the economical. A few questions to Captain Allen, standing yonder, and we will be ready to jump ashore.
      "What is the tonnage of your boat?"
      "750, in round numbers."
      "Deck, 194 feet - 28 feet beam, and twelve feet hold."
      "Her engine -"
      "Is low pressure, built by Allaire, New York."
      "Will she lead the Lake?"
      "Rather think she will - She'll try!"
      Ashore, what a monster of the waters - glancing at the extended pouline she presents! That Buffalo on the wheelhouse is another of Miller's capital touches. Around her stern, here, is a well excuted piece of carving by Weeden, while a figure of Red Jacket, by the same artist, adorns her prow.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, April 25, 1838 2:2

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      The Steam Packet BUFFALO, Capt. Levi Allen, will leave Buffalo, July 12th, at 9 o'clock, A. M. for Sault de St. Marie, Mackinaw, Green Bay, Milwaukie, Chicago, Michigan City, and St. Joseph, touching at the ports on Lake Erie and Detroit.
      The BUFFALO is 750 tons burthen, propelled by one of J.P. Altaire's powerful low pressure engines, has accommodations for 250 cabin passengers, exclusive of 20 state rooms of three berths each, and finished and furnished in a style not surpassed by any boat in the world.
      This trip will embrace a distance of over 2200 miles, during which passengers will have an opportunity of viewing the splendid scenery of Lake Erie, St. Clair, Huron, Superior and Michigan, and the Rivers, Straits and Bays connecting with them.
      Stores of the best kind, and a full band of music, will be provided.
      Berths or State Rooms can be secured by application to the Master on board, or
      Baker & Holt, Buffalo
      Gelson & Evans, Buffalo
      Reed & Evans, Erie
      Geo. C. Davis & Co., Cleveland
      O. Newberry & Co., Detroit
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Friday, June 15, 1838; 2:5 (Advertisement)
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Buffalo (Steamboat), 25 Apr 1838