The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Saratoga (Steamboat), 25 May 1846

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THE SARATOGA. - We notice the arrival yesterday of this new boat, on Sunday evening.
Yesterday we were among the hundreds of our citizens who paid their respects to her, and we must say, although our expectations had been previously raised by the glowing accounts in the Cleveland press of her fine qualities, still they were not raised high enough to harmonize with our thoughts as we viewed her for the first time.
To give the details of her finish and arrangements, would require too much time and space; we think we hazard nothing in saying, however, that she is not surpassed, in these respects, by any craft now afloat. She is of the largest class of boats, with an engine and other arrangements in proportion. The engine is from the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace Company, and is one of the most splendid finished pieces of machinery ever constructed at those works. The painting and ornamental work is by Miller, of this city, and is his best.
It is but justice to state that the upholstery of the SARATOGA is got up in the most modern and approved style, and that our fellow townsman, C. Armstrong, in the taste he has practiced in this branch of her beautiful embellishments, has displayed talents worthy of a Buffalo mechanic. It could easily extend this article to a column of details, but must close by saying to the travelling public, that they will find on our lakes a score of boats every way worthy of their patronage, and in the SARATOGA they cannot fail to find, what everyone passing through the lakes would like to--a splendidly furnished floating hotel--in which they will be conveyed through the lakes at a rate of 18 or 20 miles to the hour.
She was built at Cleveland, and is owned by the Winslows, of that city, and Joy & Webster, of this city, and is to run in the Chicago line. Her commander, Capt. C. Stannard, has been favorably known for years on the lakes. Mr. R.J. Winslow, late of that old favorite, the BUNKER HILL, is Clerk.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Tues. Morning, May 26, 1846 p.3

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The steamboat SARATOGA arrived in our harbor on Sunday. She has been the object of general admiration since her arrival here, and is indeed in every respect a credit to the skill of her builders and the enterprise of her owners. We borrow from the 'Commercial Advertiser' the following description of her. " Her model is exceedingly graceful, and gives appearance both of her strength and speed. Her engine is of high pressure, and so arranged that the exhaust steam finds it's way through the smoke pipe, thus doing away, in a great measure, with the unpleasant noise usually occasioned by engines constructed on the high pressure principle. With a moderate head of steam, on her way down, she accomplished sufficient speed to satisfy her owners that she must take her place with the swiftest class of steamers navigating our lakes. Her steerage cabins are roomy and comfortable, but the "crowning glory" of the SARATOGA, is the beauty of proportion, taste-fulness and fine keeping of the decorations and furniture of her upper cabins. The entire length of the Ladies and the Gentlemen's cabin combined, is 175 feet, and no expense has been spared to gratify taste and ensure comfort. The state rooms, on either side, are of ample dimensions, luxuriously furnished, and nearly as large as the ordinary chambers in hotels, some of them boasting of French bedsteads instead of the old-fashioned narrow bunks. The press, we observe, has not been overlooked, in the arrangements of this vessel, a large and splendidly furnished state-room having been set apart exclusively for editors, a circumstance which speaks volumes in favor of the liberality and discrimination of her spirited owners. All the officers of this boat have been selected for their competency and urbanity of manners. Capt.Stannard, her Commander, is one of the veterans of the lakes, whose experience and other excellent qualities, render him a valuable Officer. Mr. Richard Winslow, is at his old post, and takes a general supervision of the internal arrangements. The steward, Mr. John Wilson, is well known for his ability in providing for the wants of the inner man, and all that the season will afford, will be found in abundance on the table. In a word, the SARATOGA is complete in all her appointments, and is destined to become a general favorite.
      Buffalo Courier
      Tuesday, May 26, 1846

Steam paddle SARATOGA. Of 661 tons. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1846. First Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. DISPOSITION- Stranded Port Burwell, Ont., July 29, 1854.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Saratoga (Steamboat), 25 May 1846