The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Plymouth Rock (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1853

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The Express understands that the contract for building the two steamers for the Michigan Central Railroad Company has been given to Mr. English, and that they are to be put up at Tonawanda, the frames to be built in New York. They are to be of the same dimensions of the QUEEN OF THE WEST and CRESCENT CITY, with the exception of the breadth of beam, which is to be larger, and we agree with the Express when it says that they will not equal those boats for beauty of model or speed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, June 27, 1853

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We understand that the keels for the two new boats for the Michigan Central Line will be laid this week in Messrs. Jones' yard on the Creek, by Mr. English the contractor.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, August 26, 1853

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THE SHIP YARDS. - At Jones' yard the keels for two steamers for the N.Y. and Erie Railroad have just been laid. The dimensions of these boats are to be :-
      Length of keel . . . . . . . . 325 feet
      Length of deck . . . . . . . . 345 feet
      Width across guards . . . . 75 feet
      Depth of hold . . . . . . . . . . 14 feet
Their tonnage will be about 2,000 tons - from one to two hundred tons burden more than any boat now afloat. It is the intention of the builders to have the ready for launching by the 1st. of December.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, September 13, 1853

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The two new steamers now building at Jones' yard, for the Michigan Central Railroad, are to be called the "PLYMOUTH" (sic) and "WESTERN WORLD."
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 1, 1853

One of the Michigan Central Railroad Company's steamers, the PLYMOUTH ROCK, was launched this morning. She went off in fine style and after reaching the water sat "like a duck." About five hundred persons were present.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, March 21, 1854

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Plymouth Rock (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1853