The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Comet (Steamboat), 29 Aug 1854

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The little stm. COMET, after due process of incubation, is at last fully hatched, and takes to the water as naturally as a young duck. She is considerably smaller that the ISLANDER, measuring only 60 ft. keel, 16 ft. beam, 5 ft. depth of hold, and registers 40 tons custom house measurement, but, owing to the fullness of her model, is about 50 tons burthen. Her construction was under the superintendence of Mr. Amos Stokes, formerly of this city, and as far as strength and durability is concerned, the architect has done himself honor. The engine was furnished by Messrs. Olds & Griffith, machinists, and is 60 horsepower, about one-half stronger than that of the ISLANDER. The cylinder is 14 inches in diameter, and 4 1/2 ft. stroke, accompanied by 2 fire box boilers, 14 ft. in length, and 4 ft. in diameter. The diameter of the wheel is 14 ft., the floats being 4 ft. by 17 inches. We understand yhat it is the intention of her owners to run her between the several ports of the bay and vicinity, as a freight and tow boat for the latter of which her comparatively great strength of motive power renders her admirably fitted. - Sandusky Reg.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 29, 1854

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Comet (Steamboat), 29 Aug 1854