The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sebastopol (Steamboat), 30 May 1855

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The new and staunch steamer SEBASTOPOL is now nearly ready for the sea. She is designed for the upper lake freight trade, 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 L. Moses. Her engine was manufactured at the Cuyahoga Steam Furnace, and is thought by Mr. E. Rogers, the Superintendent, to be the best on of the kind ever turned out at that establishment. It has 11 ft. stroke of piston, and 32 inch cylinder, and rated at 800 horse power; the 2 cone boilers were made by McGary & Co., and the copper work by Parish & Knight. The wheels are 30 ft. in diameter. She is about 830 tons capacity, and with all her machinery, draws but 4 1/2 ft. of water, and with a full cargo will not exceed 8 1/2 ft. 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:
      Capt. Thomas Warrs, formerly commander of the prop. EDITH, and has 14 years experience as master of lake craft. First mate, Mr. Waterbury; Clerk, William Chisholm; 1st Engineer, Samuel Cuttis. She will be ready to leave for Chicago next week on her first trip. - Cleveland Plain Dealer, Monday
      Detroit Free Press
      May 30, 1855

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Sebastopol (Steamboat), 30 May 1855