The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sarah Francis Dorr (Steam yacht), 3 Jul 1862

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NEAT LITTLE STEAMER. -- The following paragraph is thus headed in the Syracuse Journal. The neat little steamer referred to was built in Philadelphia for Capt. E. P. Dorr of this city: "A steamboat about thirty feet in length, named 'SARAH FRANCIS DORR.' passed here on the canal this forenoon, from New York to Buffalo, where she is to be employed as a pleasure boat. All her appointments were of the completest order, and the trim little craft, which moved along at brisk speed, attracted much attention.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, June 17, 1862

      We have hitherto mentioned that an elegant new pleasure yacht, the SARAH FRANCES DORR, lately constructed by Messrs. Neafle & Levy of Philadelphia, for E.P. Dorr, had arrived in this city. Yesterday afternoon about 3:00 the beautiful little craft left on her first excursion, his honor Mayor Fargo, with members of the press and several others being aboard. Falconwood was the goal and to Falconwood the yacht swept, at race horse speed, down the Niagara. Never did boat receive so many deserved compliments, never was host so generous and kind and worthy of himself, never did company get more unadulterated pleasure out of a half day trip on the water. Arrived at the Island, the entire party disembarked, and were made to enjoy themselves as much through the courteous efforts of Capt. Dorr and Capt. McLean, of Falconwood, as through their own inclinations. While the yacht lay at the wharf, a chowder was achieved by its proprietor that is destined to be historic in the memories of those who partook of it....
      Who present will not forever remember the ride home at evening, the passing of the steamer NIAGARA, with cheers and merry drinking of healths, and the steady stemming of the current above, while the water towards the west was afire with sunset. The speed of the little craft was remarkably apparent on the return trip, and she won additional praises from all on board. To Capt. E.P. Dorr, her noble-hearted proprietor, the party owe and heartily extend their sincere thanks.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, July 3, 1862

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A DELIGHTFUL EXCURSION - The new steam yacht SARAH FRANCIS DORR, a beautiful vessel belonging to Capt. E.P. Dorr, made an excursion to Falconwood Wednesday
afternoon, having on board Mayor Fargo, the members of the city press, and other invited gents, who were immensely pleased with the ride down the river and the charming scenery on its banks. Capt. McLean of the Island House, received his guests with rare courtesy, and rendered them every facility for their comfort and enjoyment during their stay on Grand Island, and the party returned to the city with the happiest impressions of their trip.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Thursday, July 3, 1862 2-4

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Sarah Francis Dorr (Steam yacht), 3 Jul 1862