" NIAGARA FRONTIER " TAKES FIRST DIP.
The new steel ferry boat of the Buffalo & Fort Erie Ferry & Railway Company, a tidy little craft that will convey people between the foot of Ferry Street and Fort Erie this year, was launched and christened all in the same moment at the plant of the Buffalo Dry Dock Company yesterday afternoon.
The launch came off without a hitch, and just as the boat struck the water a streamer on her bow was unfurled, proclaiming her name, "NIAGARA FRONTIER." In spite of the disagreeable weather, a large crowd lined each side of the slip to witness the launching of the new ship. On a raised stand at her bow stood Mrs. J.E. Allard, daughter of F.J. Weber, president of the company, with a party of ladies, officials and transportation men. As the last block was knocked loose Mrs. Allard dashed a bottle of wine on the white nose of the ferry boat, uttering the name which she will bear throughout her career. Then the NIAGARA FRONTIER slipped over the ways, striking with a splash that fully satisfied the expectations of the assembled throng.
The NIAGARA FRONTIER is a modern craft in every sense of the word and well fitted for ferry service, being specially designed to meet the needs of Niagara river traffic. She is built of steel, 140 feet long over all, and 40 feet beam, having a carrying capacity of 700 passengers and 35 automobiles. In general design she resembles the New York ferry boats. She will cost approximately $75,000.
Choosing a suitable name proved a more ardous task than would appear at first sight. The company called for suggestions, and persons on both sides of thr river responded. Hundreds of names were submitted, but after careful consideration it was decided that the union of two was better than any one from the list, and "NIAGARA FRONTIER" was selected.
Buffalo Evening News
Sunday, April 24, 1910
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NIAGARA FRONTIER IN COMMISSION TOMORROW.
Owing to the unfavorable weather conditions of the past few weeks the Buffalo Dry Dock Company was unable to complete the NIAGARA FRONTIER as expected, therefore the Buffalo & Fort Erie Ferry & Railway Company could not put the boat in service on May 30th. as desired, but during the past few days of sunshine she has been completed, and tomorrow Buffalonians will have the pleasure of riding on one of the most complete and up-to-date ferry boats possible to build.
Buffalo Evening News
June 17, 1910
Steam screw NIAGARA FRONTIER. U. S. No. 207434. Of 421 tons gross; 287 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1910. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 119.8 x 38.9 x 14.6 Crew of 12. Of 856 indicated horse-power. Ferry service.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911