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Hercules (Propeller), 30 Apr 1843

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LAUNCH:-- We understand that the schooner on the stocks, is to be launched today, and the Propeller on Saturday. They are both fine looking craft.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      April 27, 1843

      LAUNCH OF THE STEAM PROPELLER HERCULES. -- This boat, belonging to the Messrs. Hollister, was launched from the ship yard of Carrick & Bidwell, on Saturday afternoon about half past four. She went off in fine style, much to the gratification of a large number of our citizens who had assembled to see her go forth into her destined element. Her length is 115 feet; breadth of beam 25; depth of hold 8. She is to be worked by Ericksons' propeller, with an engine of 45 or 50 horse power. The HERCULES is of 275 tons burden, and is designed principally for a freight and passenger boat in the upper lake trade, in which line, she offers greater facilities than many of the larger craft. From the light weight of her machinery, and the small quantity of fuel required, nearly her whole tonnage and room are available for the purpose of storage, and conveniences for passengers.
The HERCULES is to be commanded by Captain G.W, Floyd, well known on these waters" as an experienced and thorough-bred seaman, and an accomplished and gentlemanly oflicer.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      May 1, 1843

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      LAUNCHES. -- A new schooner, named the WINDHAM, Capt. Shepard, was launched at Ashtabula last week, without the aid of King Alcohol. Another new schooner, the VELOCITY, and a steam propeller called the HERCULES, were also launched at Buffalo last week.
      Erie Gazette
      May 4, 1843
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The new steam propeller HERCULES, built for the Messrs. Hollisters, will be launched, from the shipyard near the Marine railway at four o’clock tomorrow afternoon. -- Buffalo Commercial Advertizer, Apr 23.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      May 8, 1843

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The Steam Propeller HERCULES, Captain Floyd, left our harbor on her first trip on Saturday evening. She had a full load of merchandize, and a large number of passengers. This class of boat is destined to do much of the heavy carrying trade to the Upper Lakes -- the expense of their navigation being so much less than other steamboats, that they can carry freight and passengers at cheaper rates, The HERCULES, under the command of Capt. Floyd and her other gentlemanly officers, will be a popular boat with the travelling and business public.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      May 22, 1843
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The propeller HERCULES, Capt., Floyd, arrived yesterday, having made her trip to Chicago and back in fourteen days and a half.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      Tuesday, June 6, 1843
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The steam Schooner HERCULES (Propeller) came in from Buffalo on Tuesday evening and proceeded on her voyage to Chicago, literally crowded with passengers. She works admirably.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      June 15, 1843

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The propeller HERCULES, Capt. Floyd, we have had occasion frequently to notice. She sailed for Chicago yesterday. On going on board in the morning we found every berth taken, and they were fitting up one hundred additional berths in the hold, so great is the rush of emigrants to go west on this class of boats. The HERCULES is an excellent sea boat, as was proved by the storm she encountered and which she rode out like a duck, during her last trip down, in which several other vessels were severely injured.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      Wednesday, June 21, 1843
Steam screw HERCULES. Of 256 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1843, First Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION:- Abandoned 1862.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Hercules (Propeller), 30 Apr 1843