The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John R. Fero (Steam yacht), 19 May 1876

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Yesterday afternoon a handsome steam pleasure yacht, named the JOHN R. FERO, was launched from the boat yard of Messrs. Carroll Bros., in the canal near the foot of Georgia St. The new boat is 53 ft. in length, 10 1/2 ft. beam and 5 ft. depth of hold. Her measurement is about 25 tons, and she cost some $4,000. She is provided with an engine with cylinder 10 x 10 inches, which is extra large for a boat of her size. It is from the works
of the well known builder David Bell, of this city.
      The new craft is owned by Mr. Joseph Friese, proprietor of the boat house at the foot of Amherst St., and will be used for fishing and pleasure excursions on Niagara River, having accommodations for about 100 passengers. The craft has a beautiful model and is built in the most substantial manner. A trial trip will be made Saturday afternoon, 27th, and we venture to say that she will give satisfactory account of herself. as regards to speed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 19, 1876 3-1

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John R. Fero (Steam yacht), 19 May 1876