The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manhattan (Steamboat), 2 Aug 1837

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The Launch -The new steamboat was launched yesterday afternoon. in fine style. We have heretofore given her dimensions. She is a noble boat and is every way worthy of the place where she was built, and whose name she ought to bear. At the time she was on the stocks, it was generally understood that she was to be called the BUFFALO; but by some caprice of her owners, her name has been changed to MANHATTAN. We have heard it intimated that a stockholder who owns considerable portions of several other boats, has effected this change, declaring that no boat in which he is interested, shall bear the name of the city whose business wells his large income. If this is true, the name will ever serve to remind one of a pitiful feeling.
      Just above the spot where the MANHATTAN was launched, lies the MILWAUKIE. This boat, it will be remembered, refused to go off at Grand Island, on the occasion of Mr. Webster's visit. The next day she was launched easily, and was towed up to this place to be finished. Her model is a copy from the LEXINGTON. one of the swiftest boats on the Sound, if not in the United States. She was yesterday taking in her engine, which is a very powerful low pressure one, from the West Point foundry. Both of these boats are intended to be crack ones, as to fitting up and speed. Success to them Long may they float upon the waters of our lakes, proud emblems of the commerce and prosperity of Buffalo
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 3, 1837
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LAUNCH OF THE "MANHATTAN" ---The steamboat MANHATTAN was shifted from the stock to the water, this afternoon, without accident, in a fine style. Some thousand of our citizens were present. ----- Buffalo Journal
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Tuesday, August 8, 1837 p.2 c.5

Steam paddle BUFFALO. Of 613 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y. 1838. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. NOTATIONS:-- Launched as MANHATTAN but documentated BUFFALO; rig changed to a barge 1848.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Manhattan (Steamboat), 2 Aug 1837