Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Forest City (Steamboat), 1 Nov 1851
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NEW BOAT. --- The Cleveland Herald says: "Capt. L. A. Pierce and Ira A. Davis are building at Trenton, a steamboat to run between Cleveland and Toledo, in connection with the Michigan Southern & Cleveland Railroad. This boat is to be called the FOREST CITY and will be launched in a few days. She is 200 feet long and 26 and a half feet breadth of beam, and has a powerful engine with 44 inch cylinder and 10 feet stroke. She is built somewhat like the ARROW and is intended to run two miles an hour faster than that fast boat.
Under the command of Captain Pierce, the FOREST CITY must be a favorite with the travelling public.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, November 10, 1851

NEW STEAMBOATS. -- Messrs, Ward, the enterprising steamboat owners are now building two new steamers, to be called the "CLEVELAND" and the "FOREST CITY." They are to be about 200 feet in length, and calculated to make the trip from Detroit to Cleveland in seven hours, and to form a regular line between these two cities. As soon as the navigation opens, the OCEAN and CASPIAN, will form the line until the new boats are completed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, February 10, 1852

      NAVIGATION OPENS. -- The Detroit Free Press states that the staunch steamer JOHN OWEN, arrived there on Saturday week, having in tow the new and splendid boat, FOREST CITY, from Trenton. She reports the river clear of ice, and "a good time coming."
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, February 14, 1852

Steam paddle FOREST CITY. Of 479 tons. Built Trenton, Mich., 1852. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION. -- Renamed BAY CITY March 29, 1863
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Forest City (Steamboat), 1 Nov 1851