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St. Louis (Steamboat), 26 Apr 1844

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Maumee City, April 4, 1844 - The new steamboat now building at Perrysburg (the St. LOUIS) is ready to be launched, and will be in the water in a day or two. Judges say that her model is very fine, and for strength of frame and construction she will compare with the best craft that floats the broad lake...
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 27, 1844 2 - 3

The new steamer St. LOUIS was launched at Perrysburg on the 26th inst., Hollister and Co. owners. The St. LOUIS will not be ready for service before August.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 29, 1844 2 - 1

The new steamboat ST. LOUIS was launched or attempted to be launched at Perrysburgh. From the breaking and displacing of the ways, she was launched on to the dock, instead of into the river, remaining about half out of the water. She has, however, since been gotten off, by the aid of the Wayne, and is a fine craft.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      April 30, 1844

THE STEAMBOAT, St. LOUIS. - This boat, of which report speaks in the highest terms of commendation, was to leave Perrysburgh for Buffalo yesterday. She may therefore be expected here this evening. The Maumee River Times says:
If we mistake not she will be hailed at the several lake ports, as the most beautiful model, the finest finished and most convenient in her arrangements, of any boat that has made its appearance before her upon the waters. Her style of finish and accommodations, certainly surpass any of the floating palaces that we have seen before upon our lakes. She seems to have been built expressly for the comfort and convenience of the traveler, and her arrangements are most admirably adapted for that object. Her length is 192 feet, width, including guards, 48 feet 6 inches, breadth of beam 27 feet 2 inches, depth of hold 12 feet 6 inches. The length of dining cabin is 78 feet, breadth 17 feet, forward cabin, length 40 ft., breadth 17 ft., forward saloon 21 ft. She has 44 large state rooms some of which are furnished with folding doors to admit of being thrown into one room, for the accommodation of parties; she also has several family rooms with beds in them; there is a bathing room also attached; she has likewise two large cabins for the accommodation of emigrants, with a kitchen expressly for their use. She is capable of accommodating almost any number of passengers, and has room for 2,500 bbl. bulk. She is low pressure.
      Capt. Samuel Hubbell, is her master builder, Mr. Josiah Miller, master joiner and Mr. Jas. Smith, master painter. From her beauty of model and superior style of workmanship and finish, she reflects great credit upon the artisans who have been employed upon her. Particularly is her painter deserving of commendation, for the skilful manner in which her paintings are executed. They would not disgrace a Queen's parlor.
      She is owned by the Messrs. Hollister of Perrysburg, and is designed to be placed in commission in the Upper Lake trade. Capt. Floyd, formerly of the Steamboat SANDUSKY, is her commander, as gallant and wholesome a tar as walks the quarter deck of any steamer upon our lakes.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 24, 1844

The Steamboat ST. LOUIS.-- The arrival of the new boat at our wharves on Wednesday, created a sensation, in which surprise at the elegance of her finish, the convenience and comforts of her arangements and the very superior appearance of the boat throughout, had not a little share. Few of our citizens, we imagine, expected to see such a boat; and in going over her, we ourselves were most forcibly struck with the daily improvemens that are taking place in the construction of our boats, with especial reference to the comfort; nay, the luxurious living of the passengers. The ST. LOUIS is a low pressure boat of about 600 tons burthen. Her length 192 feet--width, including guards, 48 feet 6 inches; breadth of beam, 27 feet 2 inches; depth of hold 12 feet 6 inches. The length of dining cabin is 78 feet, forward cabin--length, 40 feet, breadth 17 feet; forward saloon, 21 feet.
      Her dining saloons and cabins, on the upper deck, are furnished in every respect, in a most comfortable and elegant manner. Her staterooms, many of them capable of being thrown into one spacious room, by folding doors are provided with broad capacious berths, with most inviting looking matresses and bedding. The panels of the doors leading into the staterooms, from the saloons, are ornamented with designs of the most appropriate character, taken from the Western-World scenes, and from nautical life. They are executed with great beauty and effect, by Messrs Smith & Cowen of Buffalo. Adjoining the washroom, on the upper
deck, is a very neat bathing room, for hot or cold baths; and in front of all, looking forward, is the bar saloon, a spacious and most delightful lounging place.
      We have not space to go into minute description of the many iprovements of this boat. Her ladies saloon is elegantly finished and furnished, and so arranged in its entrances, as to secure a free ventilation, while the saloon is screened from the heat coming from the forward part of the boat.
      The accomodations for the steerage passengers, are very superior--one cabin, being that used in the old fashioned boats for the main cabin, is as comfortably fitted up as those, as those in the very first order of boats, for cabin passengers a few years since.
      Notwithstanding all of these spacious and superior accomodations for passengers, the ST. LOUIS has storage rooms for 2,500 barrels bulk. She is owned by Messrs. Hollister’s of Buffalo, and John Hollister of Perrysburgh. Capt. Samuel Hubbell is her master builder, and Mr. Josiah, Miller is her master joiner.
      Capt. Floyd, formerly of the SANDUSKY, is her commander, a worthy Captain of a worthy boat-- a man that we are glad to see, has a boat that he may be well proud of; one in which convenience and elegance are most happily combined. The ST. LOUIS will run to the Upper Lakes.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      July 26, 1844


The Beautiful St. LOUIS. - Came in this morning amid the congratulations of a throng of admirers and on inspection fully met the warm anticipations entertained of her. She is certainly a magnificent boat, and Capt. Floyd and his associate officers are every way worthy of so gallant a vessel. They have before been named. Capt. J. Hibbard, a veteran and skillful artisan is Engineer. The upholstery is from Moony and Murray, and Galliger has introduced some of his anti-bustle chairs to set off the cabinet excellencies of Messrs. Cutler, Stearns, & White. Everyone knows that one of the Smith family has the high credit of painting her. The boat will be lighted up this evening and ready for visitors, at which tine the owners, Messrs. Hollister & Co., will be on hand to receive calls..
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 26, 1844

      The ST. LOUIS, Capt. Floyd will leave this afternoon, at 4:00, for Detroit and the intermediate ports. As this boat is fitted up with the most extraordinary attention to comfort and luxury of its inmates, it may fairly claim a right to rather an extended notice.
The ST. LOUIS is about 200 ft. long, and of between 6 and 700 tons burthen. She has 118 state room berths, and can berth 150 cabin passengers in comfort. She can accommodate at her dining tables about 160 persons. These however are matters that many of our best boats have in common with her. Her supereminence consists in the taste displayed in her adornments, and comforts afforded by her varied and ingenious arrangements, the excellence of all minor contrivances, and the amiability, skill and gentlemanliness of her officers.
The state rooms are fitted up with doors opening into the splendid upper cabin, and also out on the deck so that the temperature can be regulated according to the desire of the occupant. Bathing rooms, with warm and cold baths, are always ready for gentlemen and ladies. The Social Hall is large, and fitted up with sofas, &c. The ladies drawing room aft, is as pretty a boudoir as a lady could ask, and they may drive the gentlemen out whenever they cease to be agreeable. There are state rooms with 2, 3, 5 and 6 berths, like small parlors for the accommodation of parties, with bells to summon waiters or porters.
The paintings all have seen, and all have pronounced beautiful. This season more have been added, and each parlor is a picture gallery, visited daily by crowds. The kitchens and offices are all furnished with every convenience, while the ice house and larder are always filled, and constantly in use.
Of Capt. Floyd, it is unnecessary for us to say anything. He has long been known not only as a thorough seaman, but a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and will contribute both to comfort and to the information of his passengers.
Messrs. Whiting and McGill, the first and second officers, are both of them thorough seamen; not of the old rough school, but gentlemen withal. The steward, Mr. Bloomer, is well known as a caterer of most thorough experience, and we will answer for him, that he will procure every delicacy that the water, the forest, the city or the prairie can produce. Mr. Bloomer also introduces a uniform among his waiters, to make them known to all, and to preserve that neatness, regularity and arrangement tending so greatly to the comfort of the traveller. We might say much more, but we will close by recommending a trip to all, and begging the ingenious to suggest, if they can, improvements in the boat, or those connected with her.
      National Daily Pilot
      April 5, 1845

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St. Louis (Steamboat), 26 Apr 1844