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Cleveland (Steamboat), 1 Oct 1837

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The new boat CLEVELAND, Queen of the inland seas, will make her first trip to Buffalo in a few days. She is a passanger boat of beautiful model and finish, designed to be the fastest of the fast. A more extended notice hereafter.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, October 11, 1837 p.2 c.3

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This elegant boat, the namesake of our city, is now nearly complete, and will be ready to commence her trips upon the lake in a day or two. In every point of appearance and of "means and appliances" for the convenience and comfort of passengers, the CLEVELAND is unsurpassed, if equalled, by any which floats upon Erie. She will be a novelty on the lakes, being designed for passengers only.
Her dimensions are as follows, viz:
      Extreme length of deck - 186 feet
      Breadth of beam - 29 feet
      Depth of hold - 11 feet 6 inches
      Burthen - 750 tons
The main cabin for gentlemen, with a small cabin below for the accommodation of ladies, extends through the entire length of the boat; the gentlemen's cabin has 120 berths; the ladies' cabin below, 12 berths, and the ladies' cabin above 12 state rooms, with each 3 berths.
The engine was built at the West Point Foundry, and is, in all particulars, like that of the LEXINGTON, the "crack" boat of the Sound - having a cylinder of 56 inches in diameter, and a piston stroke of 10 feet. The wheels are 24 feet in diameter, and with twenty-four revolutions per minute which the engine is designed to give them, may be expected to give the boat good speed.
The boat was built by Capt. Church, of Huron, and is creditable to his skill The model is the finest we have ever seen on western waters, and the qualities of the CLEVELAND, as a sea boat, will, we doubt not, be a moving proof of Capt. Church's excellent workmanship. We understand her cost will be about $85,000.
On the whole, the CLEVELAND may be considered as the first of the best boats upon Lake Erie - creditable alike to the enterprise of the proprietors, the taste and skill of those who have directed the work and to the city whose name she bears, and of which she is in a manner the representative. She is to be commanded, we understand, by Capt. Hart, sometime of the steamboat UNITED STATES. Of his well known skill as a commander, and of his uniformly urbane an gentlemanly deportment, it is superfluous for us to speak.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Thursday, October 12, 1837 p.2 c.1 & 2

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      The New Steamboat "CLEVELAND" -- "This splendid specimen of the enterprise and taste of the citizens of Cleveland, came into our port last evening. A friend has furnished us with the following description. Her keel measures one hundred and eighty one feet, length of deck, one hundred and eighty seven; round stern and sharp bow, although not near as much so as the Milwaukie. Twenty nine feet beam, whole breadth form guard to guard fifty-two.
      The Gentlemen's Cabin, which is below, running nearly the whole length of the boat -- One hundred and fifty feet long -- contains one hundred and twenty berths. There is a Ladies Cabin below, astern. immediately adjoining the Gentlemen's, having twelve berths. The Ladies Cabin on deck is truly a splendid affair, being composed of ten staterooms, three berths in each and all connected with them and the cabin, furnished in superb style. Passing forward from the Ladies Cabin, you see the boilers, situated on the guards. Her engine was manufactured at the West Point Foundry, has ten feet stroke, and cylinder fifty inches diameter; wheels twenty-five feet, and paddles ten feet wide; pipes all of the engine, and rearing to the enormous height of fifty feet. This disposition of her pipes, together with her immense working beam, will tend to make the New York citizen, while whizzing over our blue Erie, forget that he is roving on western waters. The CLEVELAND was built by Capt. Church --a builder of great reputation, and is a fine craft. She left her native place, (stopping at no way ports) yesterday (Tuesday) morning at seven o clock, and arrived here in the evening at nine -- making the trip of one hundred and ninety six miles in fourteen hours: at a speed of fourteen miles an hour
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, October 18, 1837

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      For the Herald & Gazette.
Being a sojourner here for a few days on my route from the city of Gotham, I strolled along the wharves and business mart of your new and beautifully built city, and with pleasure
viewed the bustling business done in a commercial point of view, notwithstanding the cry of hard times and the pressure down east. I have seen with delight the arrival and departure of several of the floating castles of the mighty Erie, commonly called steamboats, but my surprise was great while strolling along the bend of the beautiful Cuyahoga, I suddenly came
opposite to, and in full view of one of the most splendid steam vessels I ever saw, and not seeing the conspicuous sign so often placed on vessels downeast, NO ADMITTANCE, I stepped on board for the purpose of making a more thorough inspection, and was no less surprised on viewing the internal appearance than on beholding the external. On inquiry I found the dimensions to be as follows: -
      Extreme length of deck, 186 feet; breadth of beam, 29 feet; depth of hold, 11½ feet; burthen, 575 69-95 tons.
      Her finish on deck is on the most approved plan, allowing large deck room, and furnishing every convenience that can be required.
      The Ladies' Cabin on deck has ten state rooms, with three berths in each, and presents, on entrance, a splendid appearance. The state rooms are furnished in modern style, and combine every comfort and convenience that the most fastidious can require. In the center of this cabin is a splendid couch, which with the sofas and other cabinet furniture, I understand were manufactured by Messrs. Duty & Gardner of this city. The style of work and the tasteful manner in which the same is fitted up, do great credit to the manufacturers, and is not surpassed by any I have seen in eastern cities. In passing aft from the Ladies' Cabin, entered the Ladies' Saloon, which for convenience, style of finish, and furniture, surpasses any apartmet of a similar kind I have ever seen. From the saloon I passed down by very neat and easy stairs to the Ladies' Cabin below, in which there are 12 berths, fitted up in elegant style. This cabin, as also the saloon and ladies' cabin on deck, is covered with elegant and costly Brussels carpet. From the Ladies' Cabin below I passed forward to the Gentlemen's or main Cabin, which, on entering, presents a magnificent appearance.
This cabin is about 135 feet long, and has 120 berths furnished in plain but elegant style. The drapery is blue damask, the cushions of same color neatly fitted and trimmed. I was informed that the upholstery work was done by Messrs. Milford, Harding & Co. of this city. From this specimen of their work, I should judge then to be masters of their business. The arrangements in this cabin are excellent, presenting at once great convenience of room and comfort. From the elegant and costly appearance of the numerous lamps, this cabin must present an enchanting scene when lighted up. From this cabin I ascended to the upper or promenade deck. It may truly be styled a promenade decks, its very great length and breadth making it in every respect convenient.
      The engine of the boat is one of the brag kind from theWest Point factory; New York. Cylinder 50 inches; 10 feet stroke; and double valves; the latter said to be a great improvement, and is the same as on the crack boat ROCHESTER on the North River. The ROCHESTER is considered as fast if not the fastest on the North river, but the Captain's "Pet" says this boat will beat the ROCHESTER in a gale of wind "anyhow they can fix it."
Her waterwheels are 24 feet in diameter, and with 26 revolutions per minute, which the engine ought to make, she will be a very fast craft.
      She has a splendid saloon on deck with a bar at one end and ample room for those to lounge who want to be in the vicinity of good things. The Doctor's Saloon is one of the most convenient and roomy I have ever seen on the Lake. So you would think after being sea-sick, for it is he that sends from his office the good things of this world to the man that is hungry.
      I was informed that this boat was built by Capt. Church, of Huron, for the Cleveland Steam Boat Association, and will cost, when finished, nearly $90,000. She is in fact one or the most splendid models and finished vessels that I have ever saw on these or any other waters. She is to be commanded by Capt. Asa E. Hart, who appears to be a competent commander, and fully deserving.of Buch a vessel. From the appearance of things about her, she will be out in a few days. Her name is the "CLEVELAND," of Cleveland. Well done Buckeyes.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Saturday, October 14, 1837; 2;1,2
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      The steamboat Cleveland left this port on Tuesday morning last, and arrived at Buffalo the same evening, making the trip in fourteen and a half hours, between the two ports, including several stops for slight repairs to the engine. As this was the CLEVELAND's first trip, and the shortest passage, we believe, ever made between the two places, this performance will be satisfactory to her owners, promising as it does the fulfillment of their highest expectations.
      As a sea boat, the CLEVELAND proved herself on the return trip, to be equel if not superior to any boat upon the lakes. She is as firm and steady as the staunchest ship, and rides the waves with the least possible motion. We shall all have to wait for sometime it is believed, for the equal of the CLEVELAND in every requisite which a passenger looks for in a boat. The ILLINOIS, the MILWAUKIE, and the MANHATTAN will offer themselves as competitors in the spring, and then we shall see - what we shall see.
      Cleveland Daily Herald
      Monday, October 23, 1837; 2:1

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Cleveland (Steamboat), 1 Oct 1837