The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Falcon (Propeller), 16 Jul 1853

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The FALCON, the third vessel of J.L. Hurd & Co.'s North Shore line of propellers between this city and Detroit, will be out, we are informed, on Saturday next. She was built at Detroit, and is as fine a propeller as any on the lakes.
The propeller OSWEGO of Risley & Squier's line, will also be out about the same time.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, July 12, 1853

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The Detroit Free Press says that the FALCON, of Hurd & Co.'s Detroit and Buffalo line of propellers, is lying at C.A. Trowbridge's dock, and will take on her load today, composed principally of flour and wool. She is to leave on Saturday for Buffalo on her first trip. The Buffalonians may expect to see a fine specimen of Detroit naval architecture.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, July 16, 1853

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THE NEW PROPELLER FALCON. - The Detroit Advertiser says - The twin propeller of J.S. Ward (sic) & Co,s Buffalo and Detroit North Shore line of propellers, has been got ready and will start on her first trip immediately.
She has a full load of hides, flour, wool, copper, and other articles of produce, whose aggregate value will amount to nearly one hundred and ten thousand dollars. This will show something of the amount and value of 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 taken to Buffalo, were each valued at over one hundred thousand dollars. These facts we cite to show the amount of business that is done at this port in sending forward the produce of this state.
The FALCON ia as fine a specimen of ship-building 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 thelakes.
The FALCON was built by Mr. A. Wolverton and is 192 feet in length of keel, and 205 feet on deck, 29 feet 6 inches beam, depth of hold 11 feet 6 inches, and will carry about 700 tons. She is driven by two engines of 300 horse power, which gives her a little over two tons 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 cubic 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 olest and most experienced seamen on the lakes. The other officers are Alonzo McNutt, first mate; Loenard White, 2nd. mate; John Strahan, first engineer; Peter Bennett, 2nd. engineer; Edward Fitzhugh, first clerk, and James Watson 2nd.
As we said above, the FALCON spread her wings for her first flight on the 16th; her hood is off; her jesses are unloosed, and we heartily wish her most prosperous times on her voyages to and fro between this city and Buffalo.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, July 20, 1853

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Falcon (Propeller), 16 Jul 1853