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Canadiana (Propeller), U207479, 30 Jun 1910

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So pleased are the officials of the Lake Erie Excursion Company with the new Crystal Beach boat, the AMERICANA, that they have decided to build a sister ship, which will be placed in commission next summer. T. F. Newman of Cleveland, president of the Lake Erie Excursion Company, and Frank E. Kirby of Detroit, the most noted boat designer of the lakes, who drew the plans for the AMERICANA, were here yesterday and announced that Buffalo would be given another superb excursion boat next season. After a trip to Crystal Beach on the AMERICANA yesterday afternoon, Mr. Kirby said that the second boat would be a duplicate of the first.
"With the exception of the trial trip," said Mr. Kirby,"this was my first ride on the AMERICANA. I came down with Mr. Newman to go over the new boat thoroughly and to see if there were any improvements which could be made in building the second boat. I found her a very able and very staunch boat, and so pleased is Mr. Newman and so pleased am I myself, that the new boat will be a duplicate. It will be built along the same lines as the AMERICANA, which has a length of 216 feet, hull 45 feet and is 56 feet over the guards. The AMERICANA behaved beautifully today.
"She came in through the harbor and made her dock very gracefully without the aid of a tug. In fact she is a tug herself -- a great big tug for carrying people. I like the way Capt. Riley handles her, too. The designing of the AMERICANA was no experiment as she is built along the same lines as the COLUMBIA that has been on an 18-mile run out of Detroit for six years. I sharpened up the AMERICANA some, as she is likely to encounter more sea here than the COLUMBIA does on her run."
Mr. Newman said it was too early to say anything about the contract, or whether the new boat would be built at the yards of the Buffalo Dry Dock Company, where the keel of the AMERICANA was laid. While Mr. Newman made no definite announcement, it is probable that a steamer will be chartered to maintain a more frequent Crystal Bench service during July and August. Mr. Newman said that the new steamer would be fitted in the same luxurious manner as the handsome craft just placed in commission.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 16, 1908

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      Order Will be Placed Within a Week for New Steamer Capable of Carrying 400 Passengers.
      Within the next week the Lake Erie Excursion Company, which operates the line running between Buffalo and Crystal Beach, will place an order for a new steamer with a capacity of carrying 400, which will be put on between Buffalo and the canadian resort. The new steamer will be almost an exact duplicate of the AMERICANA. The bids are to be in before next Saturday, and the contract will be closed at once. The new boat will go intp commission next June.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 24, 1909

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      Steamer MARY H. BOYCE Forses Her Way Through the Ice With CANADIANA's Machinery.
Navigation at Buffalo had its real opening at noon today when the steamer MARY H. BOYCE passed the Life-saving Station and made for a mooring near the plant of the Buffalo Dry Dock Co. on Ganson Street. She carries the engines of the new steamer CANADIANA, which is being built for for the Lake Erie Excursion Company. It was to prevent delay in fitting out the CANADIANA that the BOYCE risked such an early trip down the lake.
      Buffalo Evening News
      April 11, 1910
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The new Crystal Beach steamer Canadiana will make her maiden trip on Thursday, June 30, starting from the C. & B. dock at 2:30 o'clock. She will have a party of guests on board.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 25, 1910

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      The Handsome New Crystal Beach Steamer Is Given Successful Trial Spin.
      The new steel steamer CANADIANA of the Lake Erie Excursion Company made a trial trip yesterday afternoon to give engineers an opportunity to inspect her machinery. The trip was very successful and the machinery worked very smoothly. Excellent time was made. The steamer went from the Buffalo Dry Docks to a point near Crystal Beach and received various salutes from the resort and from many boats in the harbor. The captain of the CANADIANA is George S. Riley, who for the past two seasons occupied a similar position on the AMERICANA.
      Among those on board were T.F. Newman, Commodore George W. Gardner, C.C. Harris and Alexander McDougall of Cleveland; Edward Smith, president; E.N. Smith, superintendent, and Harry Smith, assistant superintendent of the Buffalo Dry Dock Company; General Manager Harry S. Fisher of the Lake Erie Excursion Company and Mrs. Fisher; Harvey L. Brown and steamboat inspectors Todd and Nolan.
      "This trip proved that the CANADIANA is an ideal boat in every particular," said General Manager Fisher, "and is a creditable sister ship of the AMERICANA, there was a good omen in the fact that just as we began the journey the clouds broke and we were greeted with a flood of sunshine."
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 12, 1910
      Many Buffalonians are planning to inspect the new steel steamer CANADIANA of the Crystal Beach Line. This palatial excursion boat will be at the foot of Main Street from 7 o'clock to 10 o'clock tonight, and the management of the Lake Erie Excursion Company, owners of the resort, extends a cordial invitation to all to visit the steamer this evening. The CANADIANA will go into regular service on July 2 and with the AMERICANA will accommodate great crowds on July 4. At the beach at 3:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon a game of baseball will be played between Larkin Company's team and a nine representing Colie & Son of the Business House League. Many former Canadians will spend tomorrow, Dominion Day, at the resort.
      Buffalo Evening News
      June 30, 1910
      First Trip Of Fine Steamer On The Crystal Beach Run.
      Between 200 and 300 guests of the Lake Erie Excursion Company yesterday afternoon enjoyed a ride to Crystal Beach on the maiden trip of the steamer CANADIANA. Music was supplied by the 74th. Regiment Band, and a cool breeze made dancing possible without discomfort despite the heat in the city.
      The CANADIANA is a duplicate of the AMERICANA, 216 feet long and 45 feet beam. She has triple expansion engines, six watertight bulkheads, four trimming tanks, and two boilers 13 by 12 feet equipped with forced draft devices. The estimated speed is 18 to 20 miles per hour. The boat will carry 3,500 passengers.
      Henry S. Fisher, manager of the line, has appointed Capt. George S. Riley master of the CANADIANA. Edward K. Carmichael is purser and William Steen engineer. Capt. Riley has been master of the AMERICANA for the past two seasons.
      Among those who took the trip yesterday were:
      E.L. Bradley, director of the Lake Erie Excursion Company, Cleveland; Harvey Brown, vice-president of the company; Capt. J. J. H. Brown, John E. Rebstock, director Crystal Beach Company; George M. Morrison, company adjuster, Cleveland; John J. Mossman, general agent Wabash Railway; George V. Hogan, traffic inspector, Public Service Commission; Jarvis McCrea, Lehigh Valley Railway; George W. Smith, Lackawanna Steel Plant; Judge Devoe P. Hodson, City Court; Charles W. Miller, Superintendent of Police Regan; Frank A. Beyer, County Treasurer; George Chambers, International Railway; John Condon, Erie Railway; George Bowman, Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg Railway; Capt. Hugh McAlpine of the CITY OF ERIE; John O'Day, marine contractor; Col. Chas. Heckle; Bart Shanahan, assistant district attorney; E. J. Hilliard, Grand Trunk Railway; Capt. Benjamin L. Cowles, C. C. Harris, Cleveland; H. R. Morwood, Welland, Ont.; Edward L. Smith superintendent Buffalo Drydock Company; Harry Smith, assistant superintendent Buffalo Drydock Company; E. A. Neil, B. & S. Railway.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 1, 1910
Steam screw CANADIANA. U. S. No. 207479. Of 974 tons gross; 427 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1910. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 209.7 x 45.0 x 15.8 Crew of 25. Passenger service. 1,100 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Canadiana (Propeller), U207479, 30 Jun 1910