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Wisconsin (Steamboat), 18 May 1838

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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 measurement, 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 others 3 berths each. The entrance to the ladies' cabin is through a handsome saloon. The cabin can easily accommodate from 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, furniture, &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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      The WISCONSIN belongs to the Western Transportation Company, and not the American, as out type made us say on Saturday.
      Cleveland Daily Herald & Gazette
      Monday, May 21, 1838 2:4

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      Steam Boat WISCONSIN -- This new and staunch boat, which is advertised for her first trip, to-morrow evening, is another substantial specimen of western enterprise. She is one of that 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 3000 bbls dimension: -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 especial 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 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
      Wednesday, May 16, 1838

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Wisconsin (Steamboat), 18 May 1838