The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
State of New York (Steamboat), 27 Apr 1893

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      The Handsome Passenger Fleet Which Is To Ply Between Buffalo & Cleveland.
      All the steamboats and tugs in the harbor set up a hoarse shrieking just before noon today. They screamed and bellowed in chorus for two or three minutes, the reason, was they were extending a hearty welcome, according to marine fashion, to a new-comer into Buffalo Harbor.
This was the passenger steamer STATE OF NEW YORK, which floated in from Cleveland, in charge of Capt. Fred Rae, with her decks thronged with people and her masts gay with flags and streamers. Among the crowd who were on the boat were many prominent marine, hotel and newspaper men of Cleveland. Her sister boat, the STATE OF OHIO, followed close behind her and arrived in Buffalo about 2 o'clock.
      The new boats are side-wheelers and have repeatedly proved to be good sea craft. They have been handsomely fitted up for summer traffic between this city and Cleveland. There are sleeping accommodations on each boat for 300 people. The cabins are richly upholstered in plush, and lighted with incandescent lamps The trip to Cleveland will be made in twelve hours.
      The docks and offices of the company are at the foot of Illinois street. Manager John Fitzpatrick and a crowd of Buffalonians welcomed her passengers at the dock. It was a rough passage but the boat weathered the storm nicely.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, April 27, 1893 p.1, c.7

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      Paddle steamer STATE OF NEW YORK, Official U. S. number 126150. Built 1883 at Wyandotte. Home port, Cleveland. 807.89 gross tons - 564.52 net tons 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5.. Remarks - formerly CITY OF MACKINAC.
      List Of Merchant Vessels
      of the U.S.A. for 1894

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State of New York (Steamboat), 27 Apr 1893