The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clifton (Steamboat), 1 Nov 1853

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THE NEW STEAMER CLIFTON. - This new steamer, building by I. Mackleen at Chippewa, and intended to take the place of the little steamer EMERALD, on the river between this city and Chippewa on the opening of naviagtion, was launched some weeks since. Her owner sends us her dimensions which are as follows:
      Keel, . . . 187 feet
      Beam, . . . 29 feet 6 inches
      Hatch, . . . 9 feet 6 inches
Her engine is a low pressure one, with forty inch cylinder, twelve feet stroke, thirty feet wheel, and eight feet face. This steamer was modeled by Geo. Collyer and built by Samuel Collyer of New York.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, December 20, 1853

LAUNCH OF THE 'CLIFTON' -- The village of Chippewa was all bustle and stir on Tuesday last, people having come in from the surrounding country for the purpose of witnessing the launch which was to take place at noon, but owing to the bad quality of the tallow used on the ways, the vessel, after moving some twenty feet, stuck fast, to the great disappointment of all present. She was got off yesterday afternoon, and is now lying in the Welland River. She is pronounced by judges to be the perfect specimen of a river boat. We wish her and her enterprising owner every success.
      Goderich Huron Signal
      Thursday, December 22, 1853

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Clifton (Steamboat), 1 Nov 1853