The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nyack (Propeller), U130125, 4 Jul 1878

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A MAGNIFICENT PROPELLER. - On Thursday evening the new Lake Superior Transit boat NYACK was in port, on her first trip up the lakes. Her machinery worked a little hard on her way up, but that will be soon overcome. The NYACK is, without exception, the most beautiful propeller on the lakes. Her dimensions are as follows: Length, 231 feet; breadth, 33 feet; depth, 14 and 7/10 feet; Official measurement 1,257 35-100 tons; capacity under tonnage deck, 804 24-100 between decks, above tonnage deck, 453 11-100. She is allowed to carry 250 passengers - 200 cabin and 50 deck. Work was begun on the vessel in September last. No expense has been spared by the company to construct her in the best and finest style. She differs from the majority of passenger boats on the lake in that she has a main, promanade and hurricane deck, and also a deck below the former. Still another unusul feature in her construction is that the main deck has a clear passage, three feet wide, entirely round the vessel. The various apartments, such as engine-room, steward's room, etc., are situated the same as on ordinary propellers, although many needed reformations have been made in them. The cabin is 205 feet long. There are about 70 state-rooms, each of which is elegantly and appropriately furnished, and have water connections, and everything necessary for comfort and utility. The entrance to the cabin is by stairway, situated about one-third of the way from the after end. The after end is used as the ladies' cabin, is 60 feet long, 12 feet wide, and carpeted with an axminster of rich design. The furniture is of black walnut, and is upholstered in gold and green tapestry of delicate texture, beautifully figured An ebony and green and gold chandelier is suspended from the ceiling, and is held in its place by means of silk cord, of green and gold, from which depend massive tassels of the same material, and the windows have drab satin lambrequins trimmed with silk. A rosewood piano of the Bradbury pattern occupies a prominent place, and its elegant cover adorns it at a cost of $75. At the head of the ladies' cabin is suspended a large French plate mirror, the frame of which is of black walnut. The main saloon is 110 feet long, 16 feet
wide and 11 feet high, and contains 11 dining tables with accommodations for 150 persons. Four chandeliers of the same pattern as the one in the ladies, cabin and with the same kind of cord and tassel fastenings adorn the room. The Axminster upon the floor is nearly the same design as that in the ladies' cabin Forward of the main saloon is a smoking and toilet room, and to the right and left, the pantry and Captain's room respectively. The carpet above referred to cost $3.75 per yard.
      The engines, which are immense ones, are two in number, of the compound Perry & Lay pattern, 670 horse power, with two 40 inch cylinders, of 3 feet stroke. The boilers are made of one half inch steel and are 10 feet in diameter and 16 feet long. The wheel is a Philadelphia, 11 feet in diameter. The piston rods, valve stems, links and crank pins are of steel, and the entire machinery seems to be first class in every respect. The boat cost, complete, about $125,000. She is commanded by Captain Fred Miller. A look at her will readily convince one that words cannot describe her. She must be seen to be appreciated. It may be that another era of stately and most magnificent steamers is about to be inaugurated. If so, the NYACK will long hold a place a the peer of them all.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Saturday, July 6, 1878

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Steam screw NYACK. U. S. No. 130125. Of 1257.35 gross tons; 1024.85 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1878. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 231.0 x 33.0 x 14.7 Of 480 nominal horse-power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Nyack (Propeller), U130125, 4 Jul 1878