The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iowa (Steamboat), 30 Mar 1852

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SHIPBUILDING. - The Commercial of last evening states that it has been furnished with the following memoranda of vessels and their dimensions, now building and being finished by the Messrs. Jones' at their ship yard in this city, by their obliging book-keeper, Mr. Wm. K. Cutler. - For Holt, Palmer & Co. and J.C. Evans, Steamer IOWA, 245 ft. keel; 31 ft. beam; 12 ft. hold.
      "The steamer IOWA is about 1,000 tons burthen, is to be propeller by the engine formerly in the steamer NEW ORLEANS---which she is now receiving; the upper cabin has been taken off the SARATOGA and put on this boat. The IOWA will be under the command of Capt. C. H. Ludlow, and is intended for the Chicago trade.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, March 30, 1852

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      NEW STEAMER. - The new steamer IOWA hauled down from our shipyard yesterday and now lies at the foot of Lloyd Street, taking on a load of freight and passengers for Chicago. She is of a large class, built in the strongest manner well finished, with the best of accommodations for 1st., 2nd., and 3rd., class passengers. As a freight boat, she is ahead of anything on the lakes---the entire main deck being entirely devoted to that purpose with the exception of the space occupied by the engine. She is owned principally by Holt, Palmer & Co. and Gelston & Evans, and is under command of one of the most popular and estimable men on the lakes, Capt. Chas. H. Ludlow. It is unneccesary to say that such a boat, with such a master, is bound to be a favorite with the public.
      The IOWA is to run regularly between Buffalo and Chicago in connection with the MINESOTA and several of the largest class of propellers---forming a regular tri-weekly line between the two places.
      Success to the IOWA and Capt. Ludlow !
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 8, 1852

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Iowa (Steamboat), 30 Mar 1852