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St. Lawrence (Steamboat), 22 Jun 1853

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LAUNCH. - On Thursday evening, about 5 o'clock, the second of Mr. Hollister's mammoth steamers, the "St. LAWRENCE," was launched from the ship-yard of the Messrs. Jones. The launch was a beautiful one, and as the St. LAWRENCE moved majestically off into her destined element, she was greeted with "rounds of applause" by the hundreds of citizens who had assembled to witness the spectacle.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 9, 1853

The new steamers ST. LAWRENCE and QUEEN OF THE WEST are to make trial trips this afternoon, for a short distance in the lake.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, June 22, 1853

THE St. LAWRENCE. -- Buffalo Shipyards are becoming famed for turning out splendid specimens of naval architecture. Four mammoth steamers have recently been launched from them, which admit of no peer upon the western waters. We copy the following notice of those to whom a share of the credit for "getting up" the St. LAWRENCE is due, from the Express of yesterday morning.
      The St. LAWRENCE was built at the yard of the Messrs. Jones, in this city. Her model is handsome, and she is everywhere made firm and substantial. The carpenter work was done for Mr. John Grissim, the lessee of the jog, by his able foreman Mr. Thomas Kemp, Mr. K., has worked many years in our city, and sustains the reputation of a thorough and excellent mechanic. It any doubted this before, they will now be convinced. We have not seen a better looking specimen of joiner work anywhere. The glass staining was done by Burns. The furniture is from the establishment of Hersee & Timmerman - this being the fourth splendid boat they have fitted up this season. The carpets are from Bishop's. The lamps, which represent a plant in full bloom, and are arranged with patent smoke catchers, are furnished by Thompson & McFarlane. The splendid pier glasses are from Coleman's Gallery on Swan street. The Bridal rooms are fitted up by Mr. McCulloch, the tasteful foreman for Bishop & Co., in a costly and elegant manner. The principle part of the upholstery was also done under his charge. All these arrangements and articles are in the highest style, and abound in beauty, attractiveness and convenience.
      The engine is from the celebrated "Allaire Works," New York, one of the most noted foundries in the country. Its drawings were made, and its construction superintended by Mr. E.W. Smith. Its dimensions are - Cylinder 81 3/8 inch., and 12 feet stroke. There are three boilers, 30 feet in length and 11 feet in diameter, from the respected works of Sidney Shepard and J. Newman, of this city. The grates are about 8 feet.
      The dimensions of the wheels are - Diameter 37 feet 10 inches - circumference 117 feet - face of buckets 10 1/2 feet. The buckets are arranged upon a new plan - so that they cut the water instead of pressing flat upon it- a feature of decided merit. This is the work of Mr. G.S. Weeks, late of Oswego, who deserves a better notice than we are now able to give him.
      The following is the official focre of the St. LAWRENCE:
      Captain - - - - John J. Hollister.
      Sailing Mate - Capt. Jno. Shooks.
      Mate - - - - John J. Morain.
      Engineer - - - Wm. Ker.
      Clerk - - - - Jno. Evans.
      Steward - - - W.J. Fowler
      We need not particularize, more than to say that every officer named is just what he ought to be, and of a disposition and ability to command respect and ensure the comfort and safety of passengers.
The boat is provided with a fine fire engine, extra safety valves, life boats and preservers, planks, &c. She is a gem outside and in - and is sure to become a lasting favorite. We leave her to the admiration and support of the public.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 7, 1853

Steam paddle St. LAWRENCE. Of 1,844 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1853. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION -- Abandoned 1862
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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St. Lawrence (Steamboat), 22 Jun 1853