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Maria Love (Propeller), 1 Aug 1863

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THE PROPELLER MARIA LOVE. - Yesterday afternoon the tug MARIA LOVE, a new craft recently built at Cleveland for Messrs. H.C. Winslow & Co., was formally and under very pleasant auspices introduced to its future field of labor on the waters adjacent to the city. It being, we believe, the largest vessel of its class on the lakes, the MARIA LOVE is admirably adapted for the purposes of a pleasure excursion, and it was with such an event that the inauguration of its career was signalized. A party of thirty or forty ladies and gentlemen, invited by Mr. John W. Williams and Mr. H.C. Winslow, on honor of the lady whose name is that of the vessel, embarked from the foot of Main Street about four o'clock. Out of the Creek and into the current of Niagara the MARIA shot, as if she had always known the way, and in a few minutes the margin of Grand Island was scudding up stream at the rate of fifteen or twenty miles an hour. Duly the colors, surmounted by a pretty miniture "red, white and blue" brought for the occasion, were flung to the breeze, and simultaneously there was an apocalypse of eatables and drinkables such as would make glad the heart of Mr. Wardle himself. There were scenery and edibles, and summer breezes and Sillery, all the beautiful way down to the rival city of Tonawanda, where the party landed, to the utter astonishment of the natives.
      Returning up, the MARIA struck out for the sunset, which was just then reddening the lake, and the stars overtook her far up beyond the blue point of Abino. Then there was some more "apocalypse" and the voyage in fact was delightfullu apocalpytic all the way round. The night was a lovely one, and Erie was as calm as love is - sometimes, and so the lights of the city waned far astern and, sinking to the waters verge, glimmered as if from the heart of another Venice. Meanwhile, like a Love of a tug, as she is, the MARIA kicked the miles saucily behind her, and, to the sound of laughter and song, travelled " O'er the billow" in splendid style. Had we kept a log we should have again noticed the sumptuous manner in which these tugs seem to be provisioned. If any of our readers should be happy enought to enjoy such an "apocalypse" round the lakes, it will be far better than goind by the cars. This may be only an idiosyncracy of the festive MARIA, however.
      We did not indend in these paragraphs anything like a log, so a few words about the MARIA LOVE in a business point of view: She was built by Ira LaFinnier of Cleveland, her engines having been designed by J.F. Holloway and built at the Cuyahoga Furnace Works. She is 140 feet long, 22 1/2 feet beam and 12 feet hold, of 320 tons burden. The engine, a very fine and powerful one, has a 32 inch cylinder with 30 inch stroke, and is adequate to the task of making from 18 to 20 miles an hour. Her Captain, Joseph Waterman, understands how to make her do the prettiest kind of work in her line. The MARIA LOVE is the fifth of a fleet which the Messrs. Windlow & Co., have put on the lakes for general tugging business. The quintette are named as follows: the MARY GRANDY, the WINSLOW, the KATE WILLIAMS, the S.S. RUMMAGE, and last, and fastest, and biggest, and best, the one which wears a neme which cannot, by any possible excellence of tug-behavior, become more honored unon the water than it is upon It may be as well to bring back the party we left in mid-lake; for back the came, about ten o'clock, as jubilant as if the same stars which had lit the sky and impearled the lake had not been winking at a far different tug elsewhere, " Videlicel, the tug - of war "
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, August 14, 1863

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      The tug MARIA LOVE, owned by N.C. Winslow & Co., of this city, left Detroit on Tuesday, for New York, via the St. Lawrence. She was sold for $28,000.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, November 5, 1863

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      The tug MARIA LOVE recently cleared for New York via the St. Lawrence. She made the run from Port Dalhousie to Kingston in ten hours. She arrived at Halifax yesterday, having made the run from Quebec to that place in four days. She left Halifax last evening for New York.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, November 24, 1863

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Maria Love (Propeller), 1 Aug 1863