Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Benjamin Franklin (Steamboat), 21 Mar 1841
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The BEN. FRANKLIN. -- A new boat thus named, of the medium size, owned jointly by Capt's Atwood and Appleby, was launched at Algonac, (Pt. du Chein) on the River St. Clair, on Thursday last. Her dimensions will correspond with those of the HARRISON.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser & Journal
      Saturday, October 16, 1841

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      The hull of the new boat BEN. FRANKLIN, has been towed down to this port by the CONSTITUTION, and is now lying at the shipyard, preparatory to being finished and equipped by Buffalo artisans. We are pleased with this determination on the part of the owners, knowing as we do that it can be done as well and as economically here as at any other point on the lake. Independent of the known ability of our joiners, painters, &c., we are now making castings adequate to the wants of steamboat owners, millers, stove makers or manufacturers of any description. For a specimen, one has only to visit the Buffalo Iron Works, or those of Mr. S.S. Jewett, where this department of mechanism is in full operation. A shaft, weighing five tons, was successfully cast at the former works, last evening, for the new boat TOLEDO; and the furnace is now in full blast, preparatory to casting its fellow.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser & Journal
      Wednesday, October 20, 1841

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      The new steamer FRANKLIN, is fast approaching completion, and for a vessel of medium size, (138 tons) she appears to possess unusually rare travelling facilities. It seems to have been the study of her projectors to render arrangements particularly favorable to what constitutes so large a portion of the lake travel denominated steerage passengers. Her entire spar deck, with suites and spacious rooms, tastefully fitted up, are designed for their special use, while the hurricane deck is set apart for those taking cabin passage.
      like the GREAT WESTERN, the saloon on the upper deck of the FRANKLIN will, when thrown open, extend nearly the entire length of the boat, and answer admirably for a dining and reading room, a feature now so fast coming into general use with lake passengers. The boilers of the FRANKLIN are below decks and will leave ample space forward for the stowage of 1,000 barrels of freight. Messrs. S. Clark and G. Appleby are owners.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 21, 1842

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In our notice yesterday of the steamer FRANKLIN, a mistake occurred in the figures respecting her tonnage. Instead of 138 tons, they should have read 234 custon house measurement.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 22, 1842

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Benjamin Franklin (Steamboat), 21 Mar 1841