Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Caspian (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1851
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The Detroit Free Press says.--Captain Ward's splendid new steamer ARCTIC will be here early next week and will commence her trips on the 15th. The other three steamers building for him will all be out this season. The CASPIAN and PEARL on the 1st. July and the RUBY on the 1st.of August.
We give the following statement of their dimensions and propelling power---
      feet length feet beam feet hold
      ARCTIC 240 30 12
      CASPIAN 255 30 12 and a half
      PEARL 165 21 8
      RUBY 165 21 8

      tonnage feet stroke inch cylinder
      ARCTIC 800 10 51
      CASPIAN 1050 10 60 and a quarter
      PEARL 280 9 34 and a half
      RUBY 280 8 34

      Buffalo Morning Express
      Monday, April 14, 1851

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THE CASPIAN.---Wards new steamer, is to take the place of the ATLANTIC, for a short time, in the North Shore Line. She is a splendid affair altogether, and if possible, is an improvement on her predecessors. Capt.Ludlow will command her Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Friday, September 19, 1851

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The new steamer CASPIAN, temporarily filling the place of the ATLANTIC, in the Michigan Central Railroad Line, arrived down from Detroit yesterday, and during the day was visited and admired by great numbers.
Her dimensions are as follows:--
      Length............................ 254 feet
      Breadth of beam............. 32 feet
      Depth of hold................... 10 feet
      Diameter of wheel........... 30 and a half feet
      Engine stroke................ . 10 feet
      Cylinder 60 inches in diameter
She was built on the St.Clair River for the Messrs Ward, by Mr. J.S. Wolverton and is one of the finest models ever put afloat. She is finished and furnished in magnificent style. Her furniture is from the manufactory of Messrs. Hersee Timmerman, of this city, and reflects great credit on their establishment. She is commanded by Capt. C.H. Ludlow, an experienced and popular officer. She cost $100.000. She is well worthy to be a consort of such steamers as the OCEAN and the MAYFLOWER, and will surely fill the place of the ATLANTIC in every respect.
To see this steamer awakens anew the reflections that Lake Erie floats upon it's bosom a class, formidable in numbers, of the most elegant, the swiftest, largest and safest steamers that grace any waters in the world, and what more proud eulogy could be bestowed upon the CASPIAN and her gallant commander, than to say that they are fully entitled to the high rank in so noble a class, which has at once and universally been accorded them.
The CASPIAN left last night with an immense crowd of passengers, and the officers seemed in their element as they discharged their multifarious duties.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, September 23, 1851

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Caspian (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1851