The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western World (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1853

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THE BIGGEST BOATS IN THE WORLD. -- The Cleveland Plainsdealer says, Ward, is projecting two of the largest steamers ever afloat on fresh or salt water. His Chief Engineer has been directed to send propositions to New York for two low pressure beam engines, 90 inch cylinders, 12 feet stroke, to propel boats 360 feet in length, 45 feet beam, 14 feet hold, to be called the WESTERN WORLD and GREAT WEST, and to run from Buffalo to Detroit in 13 hours calculated to compete with the Canada Railroad. He has already advertised for any quality of ships carpenters and joiners. They are to be built at Newport, St. Clair Co., Mich.
      Buffalo Daily republic
      Thursday, June 17, 1852

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The Express understands that the contract for building the two steamers for the Michigan Central Railroad Company has been given to Mr. English, and that they are to be put up at Tonawanda, the frames to be built in New York. They are to be of the same dimensions of the QUEEN OF THE WEST and CRESCENT CITY, with the exception of the breadth of beam, which is to be larger, and we agree with the Express when it says that they will not equal those boats for beauty of model or speed.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, June 27, 1853

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We understand that the keels for the two new boats for the Michigan Central Line will be laid this week in Messrs. Jones' yard on the creek, by Mr. English the contractor.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, August 26, 1853

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THE SHIP YARDS. - At Jones' ship yard the keels for two steamers for the N. Y. and Erie Railroad have just been laid. The dimensions of these boats are to be
      Length of keel . . . . . . . . . 325 feet
      Length of deck . . . . . . . . . 345 feet
      Width across guards . . . . . . 75 feet
      Depth of hold . . . . . . . . . 14 feet
Their tonnage will be about 2,000 tons - from one to two hundred tons burden more than any now afloat. It is the intention of the builders to have them ready for launching by the first of December.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, September 13, 1853

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The two new steamers now building at Jones' yard, for the Michigan Central Railroad, are to be called the PLYMOUTH and the WESTERN WORLD
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, December 1, 1853

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Western World (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1853