The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western World (Steamboat), 1 May 1856

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We rambled over the good steamer PLYMOUTH ROCK, which arrived at her dock for the first time this season, yesterday, and found her in better trim than ever. With the improvements that have been made upon her during the past winter, she has come to be one of the most elegant steamers now on the lakes.
Her size is enormous, her speed ample, and her reliability unquestionable. As for her decorations, one sits as if in King's palaces, when he appropriates a chair or a sofa in either of her cabins. The other steamers of the line are in the same condition---we simply take the ROCK as a specimen of the whole. The officers of the boats now comprising the North Shore---or Michigan Central Line---are as follows:

WESTERN WORLD -- J.H. Barker, commander; W.B. Phelps, clerk; D.C. Wilcox,
steward; H. Lawrence, engineer.

PLYMOUTH ROCK -- P.J. Ralph, commander; John Evans, clerk; J. Larkin, steward; J.E. Edwards, engineer.

      MISSISSIPPI ---S.G. Langley, commander; G.R. Noble, clerk; M.R. Wormer, steward; Nelson Rockfellow, engineer.

      It is needless to say that the boats are inimitably officered, and to predict for them a highly prosperous season.
      The Agency of the line at this point, is vested in Charles E. Noble, a man who works with head; heart and both hands, and who contributes as much it its popularity and success as any other officer.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 14, 1856

      Wå rambleä oveò thå gooä steameò PLYMOUTÈ ROCK¬ whicè arriveä aô heò docë 
foò thå firsô timå thió season¬ yesterday¬ anä founä heò iî betteò trií thaî 
ever® Witè thå improvementó thaô havå beeî madå upoî heò durinç thå pasô 
winter¬ shå haó comå tï bå onå oæ thå mosô eleganô steameró no÷ oî thå lakes® 
Heò sizå ió enormous¬ heò speeä ample¬ anä heò reliabilitù unquestionable® Aó 
foò heò decorations¬ onå sitó aó iæ iî King'ó palaces¬ wheî hå appropriateó á 
chaiò oò á sofá iî eitheò oæ heò cabins® Thå otheò steameró oæ thå linå arå iî 
thå samå condition---wå simplù takå thå ROCË aó á specimeî oæ thå whole® Thå 
officeró oæ thå boató no÷ comprisinç thå Nortè Shore---oò Michigaî Centraì 
Line---are as follows:

WESTERÎ WORLÄ -- J.H® Barker¬ commander» W.B® Phelps¬ clerk» D.C® Wilcox¬ 
steward; H. Lawrence, engineer.

PLYMOUTÈ ROCË -- P.J® Ralph¬ commander» Johî Evans¬ clerk» J® Larkin¬ 
steward; J.E. Edwards, engineer.

      MISSISSIPPÉ ---S.G® Langley¬ commander» G.R® Noble¬ clerk» M.R® Wormer¬ 
steward; Nelson Rockfellow, engineer.

      Iô ió needlesó tï saù thaô thå boató arå inimitablù officered¬ anä tï 
predict for them a highly prosperous season.
      hå Agencù oæ thå linå aô thió point¬ ió vesteä iî Charleó E® Noble¬ á maî 
whï workó witè head» hearô anä botè hands¬ anä whï contributeó aó mucè iô itó 
popularity and success as any other officer.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 14, 1856

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Western World (Steamboat), 1 May 1856