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Sebastopol (Steamboat), 21 Apr 1855

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NEW STEAMBOAT.---A new steamer, SEBASTOPOL, (impregnable, of course,) was launched today from the shipyard of Luther Moses. She is owned by Messrs. Henry Chisholm, Morrison and Luther Moses, and is built for the freight trade between Buffalo and Chicago. Her dimensions are as follows:--Length of keel, 230 feet; breadth of beam, 30 feet; depth of hold, 12 feet 6 inches, and 840 tons burden. She will not draw over eight and a half feet of water when loaded, and is a staunch and handsome craft. We have not learned yet by whom she is to be commanded. ------ Cleveland Herald. Saturday
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, April 24, 1855

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The new steamer SEBASTOPOL is lying in the river, north of Merwin Street, Cleveland, where she is undergoing the finishing process, preparatory to receiving her engine. She will then go into the Buffalo and Sandusky trade.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Monday, May 21, 1855

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STEAMER SEBASTOPOL -The new and staunch steamer SEBASTOPOL is now nearly ready for sea. She is designed for the upper lake freight, and her name is appropriate For strength and capacity she is not surpassed by any craft in that trade on the lakes. She was built by Luther Moses, Henry Chisholm and Alexander Morrison, at the yard of Luther Moses. her engine was manufactured at the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace, and is though by Mr. E. Rogers, the Superintendent, to be the best of the kind, ever turned out by that establishment. It has 11 feet stroke of piston, and 32 inch cylinder, and rated at 800 horse power; the two cone boilers were made by McGray & Co., and the copper work by Parish & Knight. The wheels are 30 feet in diameter. She is about 830 tons capacity, and, with all her machinery, draws but four and a half feet of water, and with full cargo, will not exceed eight and a half feet draught. No lighting over shoal water or the St. Clair flats can be apprehended. She cost about $60,000. She is to be officered as follows:--Captain, Thomas Watts, formerly commander of the propeller EDITH, and has fourteen years experience as master of lake craft. First mate, Mr. Waterbury; Clerk, William Chisholm; Ist. Engineer, Samuel Curtis. She will be ready to leave for Chicago next week on her first trip. ---- Cleveland Plain Dealer
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Wednesday, May 30, 1855

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STEAMER SEBASTOPOL. -- This is the name of a large steamer, designed principally for the freighting business, which made her first appearance in our port today. She was built and is owned by Messrs. Chisholm, Morrison & Moses, of Cleveland, and is 245 feet in length, 37 feet 8 inches in beam, with a depth of hold of 12 feet 6 inches, registering 800 tons. Her engine was formerly in the SARATOGA, once a very popular boat, and well known to our citizens. The SEBASTOPOL has large capacities for freight, and will run in an independent line, between this port and Chicago. She is commanded by Capt. Thomas Watts formerly of the propeller EDITH, and her performance thus far, we understand fully equal to her owners' expectations.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, June 15, 1855

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Sebastopol (Steamboat), 21 Apr 1855