The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Western World (Steamboat), 30 Jun 1863

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STEAMBOATS DISPOSED OF. - We see it stated that the splendid steamboats
PLYMOUTH ROCK, WESTERN WORLD and MISSISSIPPI, which have been so long lying idle, have been sold to parties in New York, whose intention it is to place the engines in boats being built for the Emperoe of China. The hulls are to be made into sailing craft.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Friday, April 3, 1863

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      Another of the mammoth steamers, the WESTERN WORLD, followed her consort the
PLYMOUTH ROCK, yesterday noon in tow of the tugs PRINDIVILLE and TURNER for
Buffalo, there to undergo the dismantling process, and her machinery taken out for shipment to New York for ocean service. The PLYMOUTH ROCK it will be remembered was taken from here a few weeks since to Buffalo, where, in a few hour's time, she was shorn of her former graceful appearance. Her consort, the WESTERN WORLD, follows after to share the same fate. These splendid steamers, three in number, have been suffered to be at the lower end of the city long enough to be transformed from comparatively new boats to decayed hulks. It is much to be regretted that a better destiny has not followed them.
But one, the MISSISSIPPI, remains, which of late has been so disfigured by the removal of her cabins as scarcely to beat the resemblance of her former self.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 30, 1863

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Western World (Steamboat), 30 Jun 1863