The new propeller WINSLOW made her first appearance in this port, Thursday last and left again for Chicago Saturday night. She ranks among the first class navigating the lakes and is a splendid specimen of naval architecture. Her dimensions are : - Lenght 230 ft., beam 36 ft., depth of hold 15 ft., customs register 919 tons. Her hull was constructed by Peck & Masters of Cleveland, and her engines by the Cuyahoga Iron Works. The engine is the largest and the most powerful propeller engine on the lakes, and is of a new and improved design, with many original features, being an inverted direct acting condensing engine, cylinder 54 inch bore, and 52 inch stroke, and reflects much credit on the designer and builder. She has a seperate engine for pumping, and one for lowering and hoisting freight, working with a shaft over each of the hatches. She has a spacious cabin, on either side of which are twelve state rooms, with three berths in each state room, all newly and handsomely furnished with every accommodation for the convenience of passengers, and a spacious steerage that will comfortably accommodate forty steerage passengers. Her upper deck project over the space between the bulwarks and her cabins.
For the protection of passengers she has three forcing pumps, 7 inch stroke 4 inches in diameter, 450 ft. of hose, 43 buckets, 4 life boats, 40 life-preservers additional steering apparatus independent of the wheel, worked by tiller and blocks. Her boilers are 23 ft. long by 10 1/2 dt. in diameter, and are made of No. 1 stamp iron, 3/8 inch, subjected to a pressure of 54 pounds to the square inch, which is 14 pounds more than she is allowed to carry. She has a crew of 33 men including officers, and is commanded by Capt. James M. Smith, well known as an experienced navigator both on the lakes and ocean, he having made one or more voyages to Europe, including a voyage from Liverpool to the Black Sea via the Mediteranian. Her other officers are: 1st officer, Geo. Judd 2nd, T. Cragg; Clerk, J.H. G. Mead; Engineer, S.C. Sturdevant; 2nd. Engineer, Frank Willaims. SHe is owned by N.C. WInslow & Co., of this city. The day of the small propellers and vessels is nearly ended, and nearly every new vessel of this class added to the lake fleet is larger than its predocessors.
Buffalo Morning Express
May 26, 1863 3-1
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