The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Philadelphia (Propeller), 5 Dec 1867

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      The new iron propeller, built by our large-brained and enterprising townsman David Bell, Esq., was launched yesterday afternoon. It was very successfully accomplished amidst the enthusiastic cheers of some two hundred or so spectators.
      She was built by Mr. Bell, for Messrs. J.C. & E.T. Evans, and her dimensions, machinery, &c., are as follows: 247 feet keel; over all 246 feet; breadth of beam 24 feet; depth of hold 14 feet 2 inches; tonnage 1,035 old measurement with an actual carrying capacity of 1,300 tons or nearly 4,600 bushels of wheat.
      Messrs Hitchcock & Gibbons have the contract for the woodwork, and, complete the propeller will cost her owners $160,000. She is to be commanded by Capt. Lyman Hunt, of the propeller T.U. BRADBURY, and her first engineer is to be Mr. Garrett Duow, of this city.
      Buffalo Daily Post
      Friday, December 6, 1867

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      The new iron steamer built in this city by Mr. David Bell for Messrs. J.C. & E.T. Evans conceded to be one of the finest of her class ever put afloat, has been christened the PHILADELPHIA. This is a high compliment to the Quaker City, and we should'nt be
surprised if called upon to chronicle the fact that the municipal authorities of the ancient borough, or some other body having the honor and dignity of the place at heart, had sent an outfit of colors for the noble ship.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 11, 1868 3-1

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Philadelphia (Propeller), 5 Dec 1867