The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lorelei (Steam yacht), U15997, 24 May 1878

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Yesterday was opening day at the Oakfield Club, and its members were favored with one of the most perfect days of the season thus far. A ride of half an hour upon the club yacht LORELEI brought the party to Grand Island. The opening day of each year is the only day upon which guests are not expected, the yachts and grounds being devoted exclusively to the use of members of the club.
      The House and Grounds Committees had many pleasant surprises in store for the members in the way of improvements. The old pavilion which so many of our readers will associate with picnics before Oakfield became the property of this club, has been removed, the dining room has been doubled in size, and many other changes made.
      Croquet, bowling, fishing and rowing for an hour or more gave appetites which caused the bountiful supper to disappear like dew before the morning sun. Hilarity reigned from the moment the party left their dock until the pretty yacht glided gracefully back to her mooring in Black Rock harbor. Juding from the happy faces which we met upon their return, this club knows how to enjoy themselves.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      May 24, 1878 4-8

Steam screw LORELEI. U. S. No. 15997. Of 38.28 tons gross; 28.07 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1870. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 63.8 x 11.5 x 4.7 Of 15 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895

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Lorelei (Steam yacht), U15997, 24 May 1878