The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Minnesota (Steamboat), 18 Feb 1851

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LAUNCH. --- The new steamboat NEW ROCHESTER, just completed at this place by Mr. B.B. Jones was launched on Tuesday. Her dimensions are 230 feet long on deck. Depth of hold, 12 feet 7 inches; her draught of water without engine is 4 feet; estimated draught, completed, 5 feet 6 inches; diameter of paddle wheels, 26 feet; length of buckets, 8 feet. Cabin, 160 feet in length, which is on the upper or promenade deck. She has no cabin between decks, but capacity for carrying some four thousand barrels of bulk freight, or any number of live stock. She will soon leave for Cleveland to receive her engine.--------Maumee Times, Feb.20.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      Friday, February 28, 1851

NOTE.---although the above is called the NEW ROCHESTER, she was in fact named MINNESOTA.

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It is said that the new steamer MINNESOTA, nine hundred tons burthen, Capt. W. Britt, is to run between this port and the upper lake ports. She is owned by the Merchant's Transportation Company, and has fair cabin accommodations, but is intended more especially for second class passengers and freight, being especially adapted to the transportation of large cargoes below and on deck.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, April 12, 1851

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      STEAMER MINNESOTA.---This new steamer made her appearance here yesterday afternoon. Her dimensions are as follows:---Length of keel, 230 feet; breadth of beam, 31 feet; depth of hold 12 feet 6 inch, and is rated at 800 tons. She is a fine model, strongly built and is intended for the upper lake trade as a freight and emigrant passenger boat. She has great capacities for freight and will stow 5,000 bbls. flour. She is under the command of Capt. J.W. Brett, a competant seaman, and well qualified for the position.
She is owned by Messrs Holt, Palmer & Co.,of this city. Success to the boat and her enterprising owners. She leaves for Chicago on Monday evening.
      Buffao Morning Express
      Saturday, April 26, 1851

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Steamboat MINNESOTA of 749 tons, built at Maumee, Ohio, in 1851, first port of hail, Buffalo. She stranded Sept. 27, 1861 in Green Bay, L. Mich. a total loss
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      1790 - 1868, Lytle - Holdcamper list

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Minnesota (Steamboat), 18 Feb 1851