The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Tonawanda (Propeller), U24110, 30 Apr 1856

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B.B. Jones has been building during the winter and spring, at his shipyard on the creek just above the Ohio Basin, a first class propeller called the TONAWANDA for the Western Transportation Co., which was launched day before yesterday between 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. The launch was in every respect a good one. As she is to run in the company's line to Chicago, she has been built with a special view to strength besides being a well modeled craft and will do credit to her builder. She will have 2 oscillating engines, which with her boiler and other machinery, were built at the Buffalo Steam Engine Works. The TONAWANDA will be sailed by Capt. Palmer, last season of the prop. MAYFLOWER, a gentleman long and favorably known on the lakes. She will be ready for sea about the 15th. of May.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 30, 1856 2-4

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      The new propellers NEPTUNE and TONAWANDA, belonging to the Western Transportation Company, went out this forenoon to try the effectiveness of their machinery. The latter is of the first class, and both are fine specimens of what our Buffalo mechanics can do in that line.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      June 11, 1856

Steam screw TONAWANDA. U. S. No. 24110. Of 935.62 tons. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Tonawanda (Propeller), U24110, 30 Apr 1856