The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mississippi (Steamboat), 30 Jun 1863
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STEAMBOATS DISPOSED OF. - We see it stated that the splendid steamboats PLYMOUTH ROCK, WESTERN WORLD, and MISSISSIPPI, which have been so long lying idle, have been sold to parties in New York, whose intention it is to place the engines in boats being built for the Emperor of China. The hulls are to be made
into sailing craft.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, April 3, 1863

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      THE LAST OF THE FLOATING PALACES. - The MISSISSIPPI, one of the floating palaces of the old time, is being dismantled. When cleared, her cabins will be taken off and the hull will be towed to this city where her engines will be taken out and shipped to New York, they having been purchased for a new steamship to run in the New York and Havana line, a consort of the boat sailed by Capt. Perkins. We understand the engines of the PLYMOUTH ROCK and WESTERN WORLD have been sold to parties in Boston.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 6, 1863

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ANOTHER LARGE BARGE. - The hull of the steamer MISSISSIPPI has been purchased by Capt. J.M. Jones, who will convert her into a lumber barge, with a capacity for carrying one hundred feet of lumber.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 17, 1863

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      Another of the mammoth steamers, the WESTERN WORLD, followed her consort the PLYMOUTH ROCK, yesterday noon in tow of the tugs PRINDIVILLE and TURNER for Buffalo, there to undergo the dismantling process, and her machinery taken out for shipment to New York for ocean service. The PLYMOUTH ROCK it will be remembered was taken from here a few weeks since to Buffalo, where, in a few hour's time, she was shorn of her former graceful appearance. Her consort, the the WORLD, follows after to share the same fate. These splendid steamers, three in number, have been suffered to be at the lower end of the city long enough to be transformed from comparatively new boats to decayed hulks. It is much to be regretted that a better destiny has not followed them. But one, the MISSISSIPPI remains, which of late has been so disfigured by the removal of her cabins as scarcely to beat the resemblance of her former self.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 30, 1863
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THE MISSISSIPPI. - The old steamer MISSISSIPPI started for Buffalo yesterday in tow of the tug TURNER. After her machinery has been removed, she will return here and be converted into a barge at Jones' shipyard, as we stated sometime since. - Detroit Advertiser.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, July 31, 1863

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THEY ARE GOING. - The old lake steamer MISSISSIPPI is in use as a dry-dock at Cleveland, and the once famous floating palace WESTERN METROPOLIS is now put to the same use at Saginaw, but is fast going to decay.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Monday, August 19, 1878

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Mississippi (Steamboat), 30 Jun 1863