The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cataract (Schooner), 1 Jun 1856

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The launch of Capt. Totten's new vessel, CATARACT, came off in fine style, yesterday afternoon, from the ship yard, east of the S.M & N.R.R. The concours of people to witness the launch was very great---men, women and children being on hand by households and dozens. The usual preliminaries served to start the ways, and she went off in a graceful manner. Capt. Totten has reasons to congratulate himself on the success of this his first vessel built for Lake Erie waters. The CATARACT is in every respect, a fine craft; and, it is said by old ship-masters, is one of the best that has been dropped from the ways of any yard in the west. She sits like a swan on the water, and, we learn, moves with great ease. Persons in quest of new vessels should inspect this first specimen from Capt. Totten's yard. The CATARACT will don her sails immediately, and go into service. She is owned by Pratt & Co. Buffalo, we believe. - Sandusky Register.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, June 19, 1856

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Cataract (Schooner), 1 Jun 1856