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S. D. Caldwell (Propeller), U23360, 12 Mar 1862

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The new propeller that has been in the course of erection for some time at the shipyard of Stephens & Presly, was launched yesterday afternoon at 3:00, as announced. The launch was completely successful, and was witnessed by a large number of people. The name was not run up on the stars and stripes at the time of her gliding into the water, as was first intended, but we have learned that she is to be called the S.D. CALDWELL, complimentary to S.D. Caldwell, agent of the New York & Erie railroad, at Dunkirk. This fine new propeller is owned by Dwight Scott. She will commence her career as one of our lake boats at the opening of navigation. Success to the S.D. CALDWELL. - Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 13.
      Detroit Free Press
      March 19, 1862

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LAUNCHED. A beautiful propeller, 200 feet long, 13 feet depth of hold, and 30 feet broad, was launched on Wednesday afternoon from the ship yard of Messrs. Stephens & Presley. She is 750 tons burthen, and cost about $48,000.
The new propeller is named after "S.B. Caldwell," Manager of the New York & Erie Line of Propellers. She is spoken of by the Cleveland papers as a magnificent specimen of naval architecture.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, March 15, 1862

NOTE:- The Courier's "S.B. CALDWELL" is in error. S.D. CALDWELL is correct

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      A NEW PROPELLER. - The Cleveland Herald says Messrs. Stevens & Presly have lately completed a most elegant propeller, to be called the S.D. CALDWELL, for Capt. Dwight Scott, the owner of the CUSHMAN, who will command her. She will probably run between Dunkirk and Toledo until the first of June, afterwards between Buffalo and Chicago. The boat is a splendid craft in every particular, and reflects much credit upon the builders.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, April 19, 1862

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SHIPBUILDING AT CLEVELAND. -- The number and tonnage of vessels built at Cleveland exceeds any previous year. There have been built and put in commision: (from Cleveland Herald)
      Propeller S. D. CALDWELL 757 tons burthen.
      Propeller TIOGA 459 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug Wm. B. CASTLE 221 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug AJAX 55 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug MARS 55 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug WINSLOW 265 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug ROBT. ANDERSON 175 tons burthen.
      Barque TWILIGHT 895 tons burthen.
      Barque CHENANGO 884 tons burthen.
      Barque P. C. SHERMAN 566 tons burthen.
      Barque UNADILLA 569 tons burthen.
      Barque NORTH WEST 628 tons burthen.
      Barque KATE DARLEY 567 tons burthen.
      Barque GOLDEN FLEECE 609 tons burthen.
      Barque SUNRISE 598 tons burthen.
      Barque GEORGE SHERMAN 405 tons burthen.
      Barque PARANA 559 tons burthen.
      Barque SUPERIOR 574 tons burthen.
      Schooner HOWELL POPPOCK 408 tons burthen.
      Total of all classes 19: Tonnage 8,318 tons.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 4, 1862 (condensed)

      Steam screw S.D. CALDWELL. U. S. No. 14654. Of 645.50 tons gross; 532.59 tons net. Of 640 horse-power. Built at Cleveland, O., in 1862. Home port, E. Saginaw, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

Steam screw S.D. CALDWELL. U. S. No. 23360. Of 757 tons. Built at Cleveland, O., in 1862. First Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. DISPOSITION:-- Rig changed to barge Sept. 2, 1884.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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S. D. Caldwell (Propeller), U23360, 12 Mar 1862