Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Vermillion (Steamboat), 4 May 1841
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THE VERMILLION. - Capt. Ludlow, took a short jaunt upon the lake yesterday, in order to observe the working of his vessel and her new engine, and we are gratified to learn that they prove satisfactory.
      Originally the boat was built at some point west of us on the lake, but owing to some cause was not successful. Her owners Messrs. Gelston & Evans, had her thoroughly overhauled and her old machinery taken out, and the Buffalo mechanics now have the credit of supplying their place, with an engine and boilers, of approved workmanship and substantial materials.
      The engine was cast, finished and set-up by Messrs. Clark & Williamson, and the boilers are manufatcured by Mr. J. Newman, and we are pleased to record the fact, that a large portion of the material was made from iron forged at the works at Black Rock.
      It is unnecessary to particularize the improved internal arrangements of the VERMILLION. Suffice to say that her compartments are in keeping with that spirit of improvement which has so universally characterised this species of craft now running on the western waters.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Tuesday, May 4, 1841 2 - 2

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Vermillion (Steamboat), 4 May 1841