The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mississippi (Steamboat), 30 Jun 1853

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The beautiful new stm. MISSISSIPPI came up yesterday noon from Buffalo, on an excursion tour. SHe had on board a large number of passengers, and several of the corps editerial. Among the latter we noticed Messrs. G.S. Bennett, of the Cincinnati Commercial, A.W. Armstrong, of the Cincinnati Nonpareil and J.S. McCormick, of the Cincinnati Sun; Mr. E.F. Osborne, Superintendent of the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, was also on board.
      The MISSISSIPPI takes rank as one of the most gorgeous floating palaces on any waters. She was built by Messrs. F.N. & B.B. Jones, of Buffalo, and was designed for the Buffalo and Sandusky line. Her dimensions are as follows:
      Length...................335 ft.
      Breadth of beam .........40 3/4 ft.
      Depth of hold ........... 14 ft.
      Tonnage, (custom house measurement) 1,800.
      The engine is from the works of J.P. Morris & Co. of Philadelphia. Its dimensions are: Diameter of cylinder, 82 inches, with 12 ft. stroke. Beam 12 ft. wide by 24 ft. long. The boilers, of which there are 3, are 50 ft. long, and 11 ft. in diameter. The ornamental work was executed in Buffalo, and is of the most splendid description. The furniture, lamps, carpets, &c.., were also got up in Buffalo, and cannot be excelled in point of elegance. The officers of the boat are M. Hazard, Captain; W. Cleves, Mate; M.H. Powell, Clerk; J. Gary, Engineer; and B. Logan, Steward.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 30, 1853

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Mississippi (Steamboat), 30 Jun 1853