The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
New Orleans (Steamboat), 3 May 1845

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the "NEW ORLEANS" - This boat leaves on her first trip of the season, to the upper lakes, this evening. She forms one of the " Chicago Line," with the WISCONSIN, EMPIRE and CLEVELAND. The NEW ORLEANS is owned by Messrs. Gelston & Evans, of this city, is 650 tons burden, and is fitted up with special referance to the carrying of freight and passengers. Her gentlemen's cabin is located on the upper deck, and is 150 ft. in length, beautifully finished, with all the elegances and conveniences which modern improvement has suggested for the comfort of steamboat travellers. It contains 140 berths, and can be divided of into three apartments, by closing the folding doors. The ladies' cabin, on the main deck, is elegantly fitted up, with nearly all the conceniences which are to be found at home. Above, in the rear of the gentlemen's cabin, is the ladies saloon, with sofas, mirrors, and a piano, whereon to discourse music, to give life and pleasantness to a sea passage.
      There is one large cabin aft the center of the boat, a small one forward, below the main deck, and also one on the side of the boat, supplied with cooking apparatus &c., for the use and occupation of emigrants.
      Her boilers are below deck, and well secured with tin and sheet iron covering, placed between them and the wood work. Around her smoke pipes are water jackets, holding a body of water 2 inches in thickness, and extending through the upper cabin about 2 feet. On the upper deck is an ample reservoir, which in case of fire can be used by applying hose to the stop cock. There is also on board a fire engine, with all things in readiness to extinguish fires. The water jackets around the pipes keep them cool, and prevent the possibility of their communicating fire to the boat. The boilers are located forward of the engine and machinery, so that there is ample room given below to have and make everything taut and firm. She has one of the most powerful high pressure horizontal engines on the lakes, said to be, in strength and capacity for propulsion, equal to that of the EMPIRE. It is with all a Buffalo engine, manufactured at the Buffalo Steam Engine Works. The NEW ORLEANS has made the trip between this city and Detroit in 24 hours stopping at Cleveland, which is good evidence of her power and speed.
      Captain E. Brundage, an experienced and popular officer, sails the NEW ORLEANS.
      Daily National Pilot
      Saturday, May 3, 1845

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New Orleans (Steamboat), 3 May 1845