The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Jul 1854, page 3

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THE WESTERN WORLD. - This new steamer, belonging to the Michigan Central Railroad Company, arrived from Buffalo yesterday afternoon on her first trip. She is the largest boat that has ever visited our docks, and is fitted up in the costliest and most splendid manner. Her length is 345 feet; breadth of beam, 45 feet: over all, 72 feet; depth of hold, 15 feet; burthen, carpenter's measurement, 2,200 tons. Her engine, which is from the "Allaire Works," New York, is of 1500 horse power. The diameter of the cylinder is 81 inches, length of stroke 12 feet. The diameter of her wheels is 38 feet; length of buckets, 11 feet; breadth of buckets, 22 inches.

The cabins of the *Western World* are splendidly furnished and decorated. Everything that can contribute in the slightest degree to the comfort and luxury of the passengers, has been provided. There is undoubtedly no boat in the world that surpasses her in point of accommodations. The dining saloon, which is on the lower deck, is 208 feet long, and, of course, can furnish table room for an immense number of people. The ladies' saloon is on the main deck. The staterooms attached to this saloon are of large size, and are fitted up in the most sumptuous style. The carpets, the furniture, the chandeliers, the mirrors, are all of the greatest beauty and cost almost incredible sums. The saloon on the second deck runs almost the entire length of the boat. It is of great height and width: and, furnished, as it is, in the most superb manner, presents an appearance of the utmost splendor. On each side, through its entire extent, are spacious and handsomely arranged state-rooms, the berths in which are are capacious enough almost to accommodate Daniel Lambert.

There are two bridal rooms on the boat, in the furnishing and adornment of which the highest degree of taste has been displayed. Nothing can excel the elegance of their appointments. The bedsteads are of rosewood, and furnished with patented spring mattresses. Costly mirrors cover the sides of the rooms; luxurious carpets overspread the floors; and hangings of the rarest excellence depend from the ceilings.

The *Western World* was built by Mr. John English, under the supervision of Mr. Isaac Newton. She is constructed in the strongest manner possible. Everything has been done that human ingenuity could devise to add to her safety. As the Buffalo *Republic* remarks, "the timbers of the hull are crossed and recrossed, bolted and rebolted, until they represent a solid mass of wood and iron." Persons travelling upon the boat will enjoy a degree of serenity equal to that which they would possess in their own houses. The *Western World* is officered as follows:

C.C. STANNARD, Captain
Wm. McKAY, First Mate
S.S. WORMER, Steward
S. NOBLE, Clerk

These gentlemen are all possessed of much experience in their respective lines, and will, beyond doubt, do everything in their power to enhance the comfort of persons travelling upon their boat.

The *Western World" left last evening for Buffalo - having been visited during her stay at our wharves, by a large number of our citizens.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 8 Jul 1854, page 3