The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cream City (Propeller), 1 May 1862

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The splendid new Barque CREAM CITY will sail for Buffalo this morning with her first cargo, consisting of 31,000 bushels of wheat. She has room enough to carry seven or eight thousand bushels more, but would draw too much water to go over the St. Clair Flats safely. With her present cargo and fuel she will draw an inch or two over 12 feet. - Milwaukee Sentinel
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, May 9, 1862

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      THE BARQUE " CREAM CITY " -- The new steam barque CREAM CITY sailed yesterday on her first voyage, with a cargo of 30,500 bushels of wheat. The CREAM CITY is without doubt, the finest vessel belonging to this port, and in point of strength and capacity she has no superior on our inland seas. She carries the usual breadth of canvas for a vessel of her size, and in addition is provided with an engine and propeller of 186 horse power, capable of moving her at a speed of five or six miles an hour with a full load, without sail.
      The dimensions of the CREAM CITY are 175 feet length over all, 34 feet 4 inches breadth of beam, and 14 feet depth of hold, and her wheat carrying capacity, drawing 12 feet, about 30,000 bushels. She was built by B.B. Jones and jointly owned by Abner Kirby, her builder. - Milwaukee Sentinel
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 10, 1862

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      CREAM CITY, paddle-wheel steamer of 767 tons, built Sheboygan 1862. First Home Port, Milwaukee. Official U.S. Number 4579. REMARKS - Rig changed to Bark July 17, 1862
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 - 1868 Lytle - Holdcamper List

      Bark CREAM CITY. U. S. No. 4579. Of 629.54 tons. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Cream City (Propeller), 1 May 1862