RAMAPO is the name selected for the new Union Line steel steamer on the stocks at Buffalo. Ramapo is a station on the eastern division of the Erie Railway.
June 1, 1896
The new Union line package freight steamer RAMAPO, building at the works of the Union Dry Dock Co., Buffalo, is about fully plated and will be launched shortly, but work is not being rushed on her, on account of the depressed condition of the freight market.
July 16, 1896
Tomorrow afternoon will witness the launching of the biggest boat ever built in Buffalo and the first one of modern steel construction. The boat is the RAMAPO built by the Union Steamboat Company for operation by the Erie Railway Company's Union Steamboat Line.
She is a steel spar-decked boat, schooner rigged. She has an entire steel spar deck and her main deck is of steel, the entire length without wood sheathing. The boat has no wood work of any kind. The rails, fenders, decks, etc., are entirely of metal. Her dimensions are as follows:
Extreme length over all at rail height, 340 feet; molded length on spar deck, 336 feet; length on keel, 319 feet; depth, 27 feet three inches; beam, 44 feet; shear forward, four feet; sheer aft, two feet six inches.
The engines are of vertical inverted triple expansion type with cranks and cylinders and are extremely powerful. They were built by the King Iron Works of this city.
The boilers are four in number and are built for a steam pressure of 175 pounds. They were constructed by the Lake Erie Boiler Works of this city.
The hoisting apparatus, steering gear and electrical appliances of the boat embrace all the modern ideas in their construction.
The boat weighs nearly 2,000 tons. Five hundred men have been at work on her construction since September last. Her cost is $220,000. The boat will be launched at 3 o'clock at the Union Steamboat Company's dock.
Buffalo Evening News
July 31, 1896
The launch of the new stm. RAMAPO will take place this afternoon at 3:00 at the yard of the Union Drydock Co. The RAMAPO was built for the the Union Steamboat Co. She is 340 ft. over all and 44 ft. beam. When the dock facilities at Chicago will permit, she will be lengthened 60 ft. It is expected that she will carry 4,000 tons on a draft of 16 ft.
Buffalo Morning Express
August 1, 1896 3-1
Following is a description of the RAMAPO, the new Union line steamer, launched from the Union Dry Dock Company's yard: Her main hold is divided by bulkheads into nine compartments. Her water bottom is fifty-four inches deep, and the extreme length over all 340 feet, molded length, 336 feet; length on keel, :119 feet; depth, 27 feet three inches; beam 44 feet. It is expected that this boat will carry 4,000 tons on sixteen feet of water, and at this- draft she has a displacement or 5,480 tons, it is expected she will have no difficulty in running fourteen miles all hour. The work of construction was begun last September, and has given employment almost constantly to 500 men.
August 6, 1896
Steam screw RAMAPO. U.S. No. 111123. Of 3,054.03 tons gross; 2,434.91 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1896. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 319.5 x 44.0 x 27.1 and a crew of 21. Steel built.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1897 [steam vessels]