Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Empire (Steamboat), 17 Mar 1846
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Through the politeness of Mr. Tibbits we are enabled to present today a list
of vessels registered at the Custon House since the destruction of papers in the
1842 fire. We shall soon be able to give a consolidated statement of the ship
building on Lake Erie, giving as far as possible the numbes of vessels and boats
built at all the ports within 10 years.
Abstract of vessels built in the District of Cuyahoga, Ohio, from 1842 to and
including 1845.
Type Name Year Place tons. 95ths.
Schr. CHIEF J. MARSHALL 1843 Cleveland 135 .82
Schr. TOM CROWIN 1843 Cleveland 128 .87
Schr. ROANOKE 1843 Cleveland 161 .39
Schr. OCEAN 1843 Cleveland 121 .04
Schr. EMORY FLETCHER 1843 Fairport 89 .24
Brig EMIGRANT 1843 Cleveland 249 .94
Schr. TRENTON 1843 Black River 132 .56
Schr. TWO BROTHERS 1843 Cleveland 24 .67
Schr. EUDORA 1843 Black River 132 .60
Schr. NAVIGATOR 1843 Conneaut 107 .19
Schr. DOLPHIN 1843 Cleveland 91 .62
Schr. ST. JOHN 1843 Cleveland 28 .58
Schr. SWAN 1843 Cleveland 44 .48
Sloop EMMA 1843 Ashtabula 42 .93
Brig ASHLAND 1844 Cleveland 201 .28
Brig CUMBERLAND 1844 Cleveland 195 .87
Schr. ANDOVER 1844 Black River 190 .51
Schr. BENNINGTON 1844 Ashtabula 101 .13
Brig A.R. COBB 1844 Black River 226 .07
Schr. ATLANTA 1844 Fairport 124 .30
Schr. RACINE 1844 Cleveland 223 .38
Stmr. EMPIRE 1844 Cleveland 1140 .72
Brig EMERALD 1844 Charleston 185 .40
Schr. WASHINGTON IRVING 1844 Cleveland 111 .44
Brig JOSHUA R. GIDINGS 1844 Ashtabula 257 .49
Brig MAYFLOWER 1844 Cleveland 209 .21
Schr. MARYLAND 1845 Fairport 187 .78
Schr. WING AND WING 1845 Cleveland 216 .48
Schr. FREEMAN 1845 Cleveland 190 .33
Schr. CADET 1845 Ashtabula 72 .17
Schr. JOHN IRWIN 1845 Cleveland 201 .53
Schr. ELBE 1845 Cleveland 56 .47
Prop. OREGON 1845 Cleveland 312 .91
Brig ODD FELLOW 1845 Cleveland 224 .64
Schr. LODI 1845 Conneaut 66 .24
Schr. W.A. ADAIR 1845 Black River 60 .04
Schr. PLANNET 1845 Cleveland 17 .26
Prop. PHOENIX 1845 Cleveland 362 .90
Schr. EMELIA 1845 Cleveland 13 .01
Schr. FLYING DUTCHMAN 1845 Fairport 74 .49
Schr. HARD TIMES 1845 Cleveland 42 .45
Schr. MAGNOLIA 1845 Black River 198 .67
Schr. AMAZON 1845 Cleveland 208 .99
      43 Vessels Total 7,203 .85
      Cleveland Herald (p.3 - 3)
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      March 17, 1846

      STEAMER EMPIRE. - The new and splendid Steam Boat EMPIRE, built and owned by D. N. Barney & Co. of Cleveland, will leave Buffalo for Chicago on Friday the 23rd of August, at 7 o'clock P.M., without fail. She is the largest steamboat afloat in any inland waters, being 260 feet long and built in the strongest and most substantial manner, with an engine of 600 horsepower. The boilers, six in number and twenty-six feet long, fifty-six inches diameter and twenty-two flues in each, are provided with Evans Patent Safety Valves, to prevent the possibility of explosion.
      The upper cabin is 230 feet long without any obstruction in the whole length, with seventy very large and airy staterooms each provided with wash stand, picture and bowl, etc., opening on the inside and out. The main cabin is in two sets of folding doors divided into a Ladies Cabin, fifty feet long, Ladies and Gentlemen's Cabin, one hundred and thirty feet long, making when the folding doors are thrown back, one magnificent cabin of 230 feet in length, and provided with ottoman's, lounges and sofas the whole length, and the ladies with easy rocking chairs and a good full-toned piano. The bedding of the boat is of the very best quality, the mattresses are of pure horse-hair; eight inches thick laid on mattresses of straw; all parts of the boat are finished and furnished in a style not surpassed by any boat in the world.
      The Steerage accommodations need only to be seen to be appreciated by those moving out west. They consist of four large and spacious cabins on the main deck, one of which will be appropriated exclusively to females. The owners have spared no expense to make this boat the favorite of the Lakes.
      Entire length 260 feet; length of keel 250 feet; beam 32 feet 8 inches; depth of hold 14 feet 2 inches; cylinder 36 inches; diameter of wheels 27 feet 6 inches; length of bucket 9 feet.
      The boat is provided with the celebrated Cleveland Brass Band.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 10, 1844

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Empire (Steamboat), 17 Mar 1846