The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Minnie Harris (Steam yacht), 30 Oct 1867

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NEW STEAM YACHT. - The steam yacht MINNIE HARRIS, from Buffalo, arrived here last night at about nine o'clock, after experiencing some very hard weather for so small a boat. She is purchased by Capt. James Hunter, of the JESSIE CINGER, for $2,000. The money was paid over this morning. The MINNIE HARRIS is 46 ft. long, and about 12 ft. beam, and will easily accommodate fifty persons. It is stated that at the late Fenian picnic at Buffalo eighty five persons were carried on her. She will be quite an addition to the necessary harbor equipmen for the benefit of pleasure parties.
      She is provided with a three foot propeller, and is a swift boat, as was proved by the trip up. She was timed between Buffalo and Dunkirk, and ran it in four hours, passing a propeller on the route. From Dunkirk to Westfield occupied two hours, but from Westfield here, the progress was slower. When opposite the "Clay Banks," about twelve miles east, the squall of last night struck her with great force and sea after sea broke over her bows. She was about two hours making the last twelve miles and her crew---consisting of her late owners, and Captain Hunter, and Captain Ormsby, of this city, got a thourough wetting, but no further injury was done. Our citizens will have an opportunity of testing the new craft this fall as she is in perfect trim and ready for use.
      Erie Daily Dispatch
      Thursday, October 31, 1867

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Minnie Harris (Steam yacht), 30 Oct 1867