The prop. FALCON was launched yesterday afternoon from Wolverton's shipyard, near the Hydraulic Works. She is owned by Messrs. J.L. Hurd & Co., of this city, and is built for the Detroit and Buffalo trade. She is of 700 tons burden, and is the mate of the FINTRY, which was launched some few weeks ago. The line in which both of these vessels are to run, consists of 3 propellers, which are to make tri-weekly trips between this port and Buffalo. The FALCON is a splendid looking boat, and will without a doubt, skim through the water as rapidly as her namesake does through the air. Success to her.
After the launch of the FALCON yesterday afternoon, some of the friends of Duncan Stewart, of the firm of J.L. Hurd & Co. (the owner of the vessel,) commemorated the event in an appropriate manner. Everything passed off happily, and the company seperated with the opinion that the FALCON and her enterprising proprietors were bound to success.
Detroit Free Press
April 29, 1853
THE NEW PROPELLER "FALCON." -- The twin propeller of J.S. Ward & Co.'s Buffalo and Detroit north shore line of propellers has been got ready for service and will start on her first trip this afternoon.
She has a full load of hides, flour, wool, copper and other articles of produce, whose aggregate value will amount to near one hundred and ten thousand dollars. This will show something of the amount and value of the produce that goes from this state. And it will be still better comprehended when we state that the value of the two last cargoes that were shipped on board the other new propeller FINTRY, and were taken to Buffalo were each valued at over one hundred thousand dollars. These facts we site to show the amount of business that is done at this port in sending forward the produce of this State.
The FALCON is a fine specimen of shipbuilding as has been started from this port. She is finished in every particular, and for model as a swift and capacious freight vessel, compares favorably with any craft of the kind on the lakes.
The FALCON was built by Mr. A. Wolverton, and is in length 192 feet keel, and 205 feet on deck; 29 1/2 feet beam; depth of hold, 11 1/2 feet, and will carry about 700 tons. She is driven by two engines of 300 horse power, which gives her a little over 2 ton for every single horse power.
These engines were built by Johnson, Wayne & Co., of this city, at their Iron Works, and are each well finished pieces of machinery. The boilers are large and afford 90 square feet of fire surface for every cubit foot of cylinder, which will enable the propeller to be driven to the utmost capacity of speed without straining a bolt. The FALCON is commanded by Capt. Josiah Woodruff, one of the oldest and most experienced seamen on the lakes. The other officers are Alonzo McNutt, first mate; Leonard White 2d mate; John Strachan, first engineer; Peter Bennett, 2d engineer; Edward Fitzhugh, first clerk, and James Watson , second clerk.
As we said above, the FALCON spreads her wings for her first flight this afternoon; her hood is off, her jesses are unloosed, and we heartily wish her most prosperous times in her voyages to and fro, between this city and Buffalo.
The firm which owns her are about to lay the keel of a propeller of still larger tonnage for the same route, so encouraging is the prospect of business. - - - Detroit Daily Adv. 16th.
Buffalo Daily Courier
July 20, 1853
Steam screw FALCON. Of 663 tons. Built Detroit, Mich., 1853. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION:-- Lost 1856 by fire at Chicago, Ill., October 18, 1856. No lives lost.
Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
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