The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Missouri (Propeller), U16314, 24 Sep 1857

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The Western Transportation Co. have a new propeller now lying at their dock in Erie Basin, called the MISSOURI. She was built by Van Slyke, Notter & Co. of this city; is of a good model, strong and staunch, and fitted up with all the modern improvements. She will register about 600 tons. She has a Corliss cylinder, 26 inches diameter and 3 ft. stroke, and a screw wheel 9 ft. 8 inches diameter. Capt. Woodworth the man that captured the wandering balloonist on Lake Erie, will sail her. Success to the propeller and the Captain.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 24, 1857 2-6

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NEW PROPELLER. -- The propeller MOHAWK which arrived on Sunday from Chicago, brought down the engine and machinery of the propeller FALCON, which was destroyed by fire at Chicago last fall, which is to be placed in a new propeller of 600 tons now building by Van Slyke, Notter & Co., for the Western Transportation Company, which will be ready for the fall trade.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Tuesday, May 19, 1857

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      A QUICK TRIP. - The Commercial says "the new propeller MISSOURI, Capt. Woodworth, belonging to the Western Transportation Company, and built by Messrs. Van Slyke, Notter & Co., returned Tuesday on her first trip from Chicago. She had a full cargo. The weather was extremely stormy, and the wind at times contrary, yet she made the passage in "Four Days." The secret of the time made by this propeller is the fact that she is driven by a Corliss Engine, built under the supervision of Edward H. Rees, before he resigned the superintendency of the Buffalo Steam Engine Works. We learn that the MISSOURI made this trip with much less coal than is burned by the best of other engines, and that the Western Transportation Company intend to introduce the engine on all their propellers, as soon as practicable.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      November 10, 1857

Steam screw MISSOURI. U. S. No. 16314. Of 664.46 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1869
Screw MISSOURI. U. S. No. 16314. Of 588 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1857. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION -- Lost 1891.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Missouri (Propeller), U16314, 24 Sep 1857