The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Louisiana (Steamboat), 27 May 1846

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LAUNCH. - The new steamboat LOUISIANA --- Reed's Line---built at the ship yard of Bidwell & Banta, during the past winter and spring, is to be launched this Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday Morning, May 27, 1846 p.3
      NOTE. - The LOUISIANA had the engine from the steamer THOMAS JEFFERSON.
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      Steamboat LOUISIANA, built Buffalo, of 777.53 tons. Cost $55,000
      List of new vessels built on Lake Erie during 1846
      Cleveland Herald, Weekly
      Wednesday, January 13, 1847

Steamer LOUISIANA, Owned by Gen. C.M. Reed. Built by Bidwell & Banta at Buffalo, was launched May 27th. Of 230 feet in length, 29 feet beam and 12 feet 6 inched depth. Her Joiner work, building her upper works was done by John Grissam and the finishing work by the Millers. She will be commanded by Capt. Lervi Allen, the LOUISIANA is to run in the Chicago Line.
      Buffalo Express
      May 28, 1846
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Louisiana (Steamboat), 27 May 1846