The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Buffalo (Canal boat), 7 Oct 1860

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LARGE TOW ON THE CANAL. - The steamer CITY OF BUFFALO left this city on Sunday morning, at 2 o'clock, for New York, via Troy, having in tow the three large boats, SHAWNEE, WIDE AWAKE, and GARABALDI. The CITY OF BUFFALO had 3,500 bushels of wheat, the SHAWNEE 6,000, the WIDE AWAKE 6,100, and the GARIBALDI 5,934 - making in all 21,534 bushels of wheat. This fleet arrived in Rochester in 39 hours, overtaking horse boats that left here 12 hours before her. The speed of the boats below Rochester, where there was no current, averaged on the levels between the Locks, 3 miles an hour, and notwithstanding the great number of Locks between Rochester and Newark - 38 miles - and the great detention at each one with so large a number of boats, they passed at the latter place, yesterday, horse boats which left Rochester three hours before them. This is much better than steamers on the canal have ever been able to accomplish before with such heavy tows, and is due in a great measure, we believe, to some improvements recently made by her proprietor, Senator Prossee, of this city. We understand that additional improvements, of a very important character, will be applied to her on her return from New York.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, October 10, 1860

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City of Buffalo (Canal boat), 7 Oct 1860