The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Star of the West (Propeller), 14 Mar 1863

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STAR OF THE WEST. - The Cleveland Leader says the propeller built by Peck & Masters for Mr. Sheldon Pease, which was launched on Saturday last, has been named the STAR OF THE WEST. Her engine is being built by the Cuyahoga Works, and was designed by J.F. Holloway, Chief Engineer of the Works.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, March 21, 1863

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STAR OF THE WEST. -- This large and elegant boat, built by Peck & Masters for Sheldon Pease, Esq., is rapidly being completed. Her upper works and furniture are being taken from the steamer WESTERN METROPOLIS, now at Buffalo. They will arrive as soon as a propeller can ger through the ice to bring them. The STAR OF THE WEST will ply between Buffalo and Chicago, carrying passengers and freight. Her accommodations for passengers will be both ample and elegant. On board of her one will recall the days of gorgeous steamboating. The captain is not yet chosen, but we hear that Captain Wm. Pease, one of the oldest and most popular Lake Captains, will have command. The boat will be the largest propeller, except the Winslow propeller, on the lakes. The latter is five tons more capacity than the STAR OF THE WEST, although the STAR is the longest. So writes the Cleveland Leader.
      Buffalo Evening Courier & Republic
      Saturday, March 28, 1863

NOTE:-- No vessel was found with the above name. Obviously it was changed before going into commission, to IDAHO

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Star of the West (Propeller), 14 Mar 1863