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G. P. Griffith (Steamboat), 18 Oct 1847

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NEW STEAMER. - A new steamer of about 600 tons, called the G.P. GRIFFITH, is now receiving her engine at the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace. She has lately changed hands, and is now owned by the gentleman whose name she bears. She will be out in a few days when a more extended notice will be given. - Cleveland Herald.
      Buffalo Republic
      Monday, October 18, 1847

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      NEW STEAMBOAT. - A steamboat bearing the name of G.P. GRIFFITH, arrived in this port yesterday. She belongs to Sears & Griffith, at whose wharf she is to lay for the winter, preparatory to Spring business.
      She has a new high-pressure engine, with a 30 inch cylinder and 9 feet stroke, from the Cuyahoga Steam Engine Works, at Ohio City. It is of fine workmanship, and is expected to propel the boat at a rapid rate.
      Buffalo Republic
      Monday, December 13, 1847

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The new steamer G.P. GRIFFITH is a handsome and substantial vessel, owned by Sears & Griffith of this city and S.P. Newell of Monroe, Mich. She has been built and decorated with the express design of being as she is, an exceedingly neat, comfortable, substantial and safe vessel. Her draught is exceedingly light, being only six feet when
she has a full complement of wood and water on board and it is expected not to be more than seven feet when she has a full cargo. She was built of red elm, which is more durable than oak and exceedingly light, also holding a spike remarkably well. The hull was built at Maumee, and is strengthened by heavy diamond work extending from stem
to stern and attached to the keelson, thus giving extraordinary strength to the sides.
      Her engine was made at Cleveland encased in wood, thus effecting a great saving of heat by preventing the atmosphere from condensing the steam. By means of an iron casing or "water jacket" a sheet of water is kept constantly around the smoke pipe. Around the iron is another apparatus termed an "air jacket." By means of these nearly the whole vessel will be kept cool, the heated air being carried off.
The upper cabin is 152 feet long and 13 wide. The painting is by McNeil & Burns. The imitation of worsted damask would deceive the best judges. This cabin is decorated with 20 views of American scenery. The furniture and style are neat and appropriate without being costly. meanwhile side tables are hung upon the sides. This we believe new. The colors used are blue, gold and white. The cabin contains 56 state rooms, several of which are double and connected with a separate parlor, and are furnished with double beds, French bedsteads and tapestry, sofas, &c. The exterior of the vessel is entirely white except the guard fenders. Captain A.T. Kingman is in command; Mr. Marsh, first officer; Mr. Stebbins, part owner, Engineer; Chas Walker, Clerk, and S.P. Wormley, Steward.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday Evening, May 3, 1848

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      The G.P. GRIFFITH. - The marine of our lakes has received a valuable addition this year in this beautiful craft, for in her construction and finish not only have her projectors had an eye to the safety of her passengers, but to their comfort and even luxury. She is of light draught, notwithstanding her substantial structure, and is fitted and furnished throughout in good taste. Her upper cabin is 152 feet in length, and 13 feet wide, and is embellished with views of American scenery. Her decorations are blue, gold and white. Her state rooms number some 56, several of which are double and furnished with French bedsteads. The GRIFFITH is under the command of Capt. A.T. Kingman, formerly of the CONSTITUTION, and more recently of the BALTIC, and is owned by Messrs. Sears & Griffith of this city, and S.P. Newell of Monroe, Michigan.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, May 4, 1848

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Steam paddle G.P. GRIFFITH. Of 587 tons. Built Maumee, Ohio, 1848. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION: -- Burnt June 18, 1850 at Mentor, Ohio. 286 lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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G. P. Griffith (Steamboat), 18 Oct 1847