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George Washington (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1838

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NEW STEAMBOAT. --- Following are the dimensions, description, &c. of the steamboat GEORGE WASHINGTON, Capt. N. W. Brown. She was built at Ashtabula, Ohio. Captain Amasa Savage, of New London, Connecticut, master ship carpenter. Mr. Stow, of New York, ship-joiner. Is 147 feet keel, 27 feet beam; extreme width 46 feet 6 inches. Hold 11 feet deep. Engine high pressure, of 150 horse power, 8 foot stroke cylinder, built at the celebrated engine establishment of Messrs. Guthrie Vandervort & Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. Painting by James Frickers & Co., of Ohio; ornamental and fancy painting to be executed by Mr. Miller, of Buffalo.
      For figure-head she is now having carved a bust reprsenting Gen. Washington, in his military costume. He will, likewise be represented on her stern, surrounded with the flag of his country and implements of war. On the trail board, a facsimile of his handwriting. Admeasurement of boat between 4 and 500 tons. Fire engine and hose attached to the engine.
      Weekly Buffalonian
      June 2, 1838

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      New Boat - The GEORGE WASHINGTON, a new steamboat built at Ashtabula this season, made her appearance yesterday. We did not have the opportunity to visit her, and therefore defer a description til another day. This is the seventh new boat upon Lake Erie this year. One more may be looked for ere long, the CHESAPEAKE of Maumee, and others in the course of the season.
      Cleveland Herald & Gazette
      Wednesday, June 13, 1838; 2:1
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FOR SALE:-- A steam engine suitable for a large boat -- The engine made for the steamboat WASHINGTON of Ashtabula is offered for sale on accommodating terms. The engine is nearly new, having been used but one or two trips only, when the boat was lost. The cylinder is 25 inches bore and 8 feet stroke; six boilers, each 42 inches diameter and 20 feet long; with wrought iron heads and 3 flues in each boiler; shafts 11 inches diameter at the journals. It was made in Pittsburgh and of the best materials and workmanship.
      It may be examined by calling on Mr. Henry Hubbard, at Ashtabula harbor.
      If not previously disposed of, it will be sold at public auction at Ashtabula harbor on Monday, the 22 July next. The sale will be positive to close a concern.
      The engine will be sold in its present condition, or will be put up on a boat in good order, as shall suit purchaser. Terms made known by the undersigned.
      Chester Bidwell
      Poland, Ohio
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, July 8, 1839

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George Washington (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1838