The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clifton (Steamboat), 23 Aug 1854

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We are desired to say that the new steamboat CLIFTON, just built by the Messrs. MacLem, at Chippewa, C.W., will leave this port, this afternoon, at two o'clock, upon a pleasure and experimental trip.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, August 23, 1854

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      THE "CLIFTON." - This new and beautiful boat wil today make her trial trip - starting from the Michigan Central Railroad wharf this afternoon at two o'clock and steaming up as far as Point Abino.
The CLIFTON takes the place of the EMERALD on the route between this city and Chippewa, and will commence running her regular trips to-morrow. She is finely modeled, is supplied with powerful and well-made machinery, and it is supposed she will be very fast. She is owned by our enterprising friend Mr. Macklem, of Chippewa.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, September 7, 1854

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      STEAMER "CLIFTON," - By the advertisement in another column it will be seen that this new and beautiful vessel is now making regular trips between this city and Chippewa. She was built at Chippewa during the past winter and spring for the Messrs. Macklem, of that place, by those celebrated New York ship builders, G. & S. Collyer. Her dimensions are:- Length of keel, 187 feet; over all 196; breadth of beam, 29 feet 8 inches--over all 54 feet; depth of hold, 9 feet.
Her draught of water is 5 feet 3 inches. Diameter of wheel, 29 feet 6 inches face of bucket, 8 feet. She has a powerful low pressure engine of 10 inch cylinder, with 12 feet stroke, which was built and finished at the foundry of O.T. Macklem, of Chippewa, and is a splendid piece of workmanship, and rigged with one of Sickle's improved patent cut-off's. Her speed is far ahead of anything of her kind yet afloat. She makes the run from this place to Chippewa--22 miles--in one hour and six minutes. She is under the command of Capt. Charles Young, formerly of the EMERALD, a worthy and competent commander.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 7, 1854

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      B U F F A L O A N D N I A G A R A F A L L S
On and a fter Tuesday, the 26th. Sept. 1854, the steamer CLIFTON, Chas Young, Master, will leave Buffalo for Chippewa and Niagara Falls every morning (Sunday excepted) at 11 o'clock Buffalo time, connecting with the Great Western accommodation train at 2 o'clock P.M. at Suspension Bridge going West, with the steamer at Niagara for Toronto, also connecting with the American Line of steamers on Lake Ontario. Returning will leave Chippewa 1:30 P.M. on the arrival of the cars from Niagara Suspension Bridge and Niagara Falls. The CLIFTON will run to and from the checkered warehouse on the Central Wharf.
      John W. Claris, Jr. Agent

      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 7, 1854

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Clifton (Steamboat), 23 Aug 1854