The new prop. ST. ALBANS, of the Northern Transportation line, arrived here last night, on her first trip from Cleveland. We paid her a visit and found her one of the finest boats of the line. She has 17 staterooms of good size, provided with all the necessaries for the water trip, and her saloon is roomy and handsomely furnished. The following are her dimensions: Length over all, 114 ft; depth of hold, 12 ft.; breadth of beam over all 26 ft. 2 inches; tonnage, 435 tons. Her engine is a fine piece of workmanship, from the Atlantic Works, Boston, and is of 200 horse power, cylinder 28 inch bore, stroke 36 inches. She was built at the yard of Ira Laughfenier, Cleveland, under the supervision of Capt. A.C. Keating, her machinery being put in by C.S. Sturdefant, the company's Chief Engineer. The painting was done by Mr. R.I. Willard, and is a fine specimen of the decorative art.
The ST. ALBANS is commanded by Capt. J.J. Knapp, that tried and true officer, who so long commanded the PRAIRIE STATE. The following are her officers: Capt. J.J. Knapp; First mate, Thos. Leonard; second mate, Francis Stackley; First Engineer, N.R. Dutton; Second Engineer, James McNully; Steward, Francis McQuillen.
Detroit Free Press
September 27, 1868