Being a sojourner here for a few days on my route from the city of Gotham, 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, nothwithstanding 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 down east, NO ADMITTANCE, I stepped on board for the purpose of making a more thorough inspection, and was no less surprised on veiwing the internal appearance than on beholding the external. On inquiry I found the dimensions to be as follows:
Extreme length on deck, 186 feet; breadth of beam, 29 feet; depth of hold, 11 feet 6 inches; 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 present, 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, I entered the Ladies' Saloon, which for convenience, style of finish, and furniture, surpasses any apartment 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 twelve berths, fitted up in elegant style. This cabin, as also the Saloon and Ladies Cabin on deck, is covered with elegant and costly Brussel 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 the 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 them 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 and enchanting scene when lighted up. From this cabin I ascended to the Upper or 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 the West Point Factory; New York. Cylinder 50 inches; 10 feet stroke; and double valves; this latter said to be a great improvement, and is the same as on the crack boat ROCHESTER 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 water-wheels 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 of 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 competant commander, and fully deserving of such 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 & Gazette
Saturday, October 14, 1837 p.2 c.1 & 2