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Wisconsin (Steamboat), 1 May 1838

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STEAMBOAT WISCONSIN.---One of the boilers of this craft was put on board last Saturday, the other is finished and will take its station on Wednesday next. They are from Mr. Newman's establishment, and of immense power; her machinery when finished and put in motion will make some of the dons "stand aside."
      Daily Buffalonian
      May 1, 1838

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      1838 NEW ARRANGEMENT 1838
The Proprietors of the Commercial Line, Transportation Line and Telegraph Line of Canal Boats on the Erie canal have united their severa1 interests, for the purpose of conducting a general FORWARDING AND COMMISSION BUSINESS, on the Erie and Ohio canals, and on the Western Lakes, under the name and style "Western Transportation Company," and will start six CANAL BOATS daily from Albany and Buffalo carrying freight and passengers, and a daily line of STEAMBOATS for Toledo, Perrysburgh and Detroit, touching at all intermediate ports, and a semi-weekly line for the Upper Lakes.
      WISCONSIN, Capt. G.F. Powell,
      CONSTITUTION, " G. Appleby,
      ANTHONY WAYNE, " A. Pratt,
      COM. O. H. PERRY, " D. Wilkinson,
      COLUMBUS, " A. Walker,
      VERMILLION, - - - - - -
      RHODE ISLAND, - - - - - -
      JAMES MADISON Capt. R.C. Bristol,
      THOMAS JEFFERSON " Thomas Wilkins,
      New boat at Buffalo, - - - - - -
      New boat at Huron, - - - - - -
      The most of the above boats have been built within the last year, are of the largest class, all of them are fitted in the best style for passengers, and are commanded by experienced
      The RHODE ISLAND is about 200 tons, the only small boat on the list, and will put in at Lower Sandusky and Monroe once each week on her upward passage to deliver and receive freight. All goods destined for ports on Lake Erie, Maumee River, and Detroit; will be shipped by steam unless otherwise directed, and all goods for the Upper Lakes intended to go by steam should be marked "By Steam."
      BARNARD, CARD & PROSSER, 123 Bond St., N. Y.
      NOYES, TOMLINSON & HUBBY, 99 Pier, Albany.
      NORTHRUP & PEASE, Rochester.
      GELSTON & EVANS, Long Wharf, Buffalo.
      PETRIE & ROOT (at G.C. Davies & Co.'s old Stand), Cleveland.
      Wickham, Walker & Co., Huron, 0.
      Barber & Barney, Sandusky City.
      B. Dickinson & Co., L. Sandusky.
      Palmer, Bush & Co., Toledo.
      Grey, Gallagher & Co., Detroit.
      J. Hollister & Co., Perrysburgh.
      Bingham & Furey, Maunee City,
      Ballard, Edmonds & Compton, Ypsilanti.
      H.C. Holbrook, Michigan City.
      John S. Wright, Chicago.
      Liberal advances made on property destined for the Eastern market.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, March 12, 1838 2:6 Advert

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THE WISCONSIN, -- A new boat, came up from Buffalo on her first trip last night. She is a large boat, designed for freight and passengers, and belongs to the American Transportation Company. "The following account of this craft is given by the Buffalo Journal:
      The WISCONSIN, by carpenter's measure, is nearly 600 tons, is braced and bolted in such a manner as to render her one of the strongest vessels ever constructed for navigation of our inland seas. The length of deck is 174 feet - breadth of beam, across the guards, 54 feet - depth of hold 12 feet. The engine is of 125 horse power; on deck is the gentlemen's cabin, with berths for 60 persons, 10 state rooms, some containing 6 and other 3 berths each. The entrance to the ladies' cabin is through a handsome saloon. The cabin can easily accommodate 50 to 60. Forward is a convenient steerage with 50 berths. On the hurricane deck, about amidships on both sides, are two saloons, one for gentlemen and the other for the ladies, and are so located as to entirely keep steerage passengers from passing aft. The upholstery, firniture, &c., are all in good taste; combining therefore all her conveniences and strength, with the well known seamanship and urbanity of Captain Powers, the WISCONSIN must soon become a popular boat.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Saturday, May 19, 1838; 2:4
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      Steam Boat WISCONSIN. -- This new and staunch boat, which is advertised for her first trip, tomorrow evening, is another substantial specimen of Western enterprise. She is one of the most useful class of boats calculated for both freight and passengers, with ample accommodations for either. She was launched at Conneaut, O., and towed to this port for her fitting up, which has been done in a plain, neat and substantial style, with an eye to comfort and convenience as well as show. Her model is well calculated to insure at once strength and swiftness, - combining the sharp bow and elliptic stern to great advantage. She measures nearly 600 tons, and can stow over 3,000 bbls.
Dimensions - 174 feet deck, 54 feet in width across guards, and 12 feet depth of hold. Her engine is low pressure, and of tremendous power, with a sixty inch cylinder, of 9 feet stroke - equivalent to 385 horse power. It has been put up under the supervision of one of the most skilful, practical engineers in the Union, with special care.
The accommodations of the WISCONSIN are well arranged. The dining cabin, with 60 berths for gentlemen, is on deck, which is a decided improvement. Here one can take his meals in comfort, with the salutary influences of free ventilation around him. Adjoining this apartment, is a range of state rooms, very pleasant for families, of these there are 10, some with 3 and some with 6 berths. A handsome saloon, communicating with the ladies' cabin below, opens into the dining cabin. This saloon is a sort of 'neutral ground," where the attentions of relatives and acquaintances may be paid to the ladies, without intrusion upon the Ladies Cabin proper, which has 50 berths, and is a retired, appropriately furnished apartment.
      On the hurricane deck, amid-ships, are two saloons, one for ladies, the other for gentlemen, with a piazza in front, supported by light pillars of solid mahogany. These saloons will furnish a very pleasant retreat, for loungers on the spacious promenade adjacent.
      The usual accommodations for steerage passengers are to be found forward.
      The WISCONSIN is commanded by Capt. Geo. F. Power, who appears to possess the qualifications and the determination to make his boat a popular one with the public. Messrs. Gelston & Evans, agents in this city.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, May 16, 1838


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Wisconsin (Steamboat), 1 May 1838