A special dispatch from Buffalo, August 29th, to the Free Press says: A new freight propeller, named the AVON, which was built by the Union Dry-dock Company for the Union Steamboat Company, at a cost of $90,000, was launched yesterday afternoon. The dimensions are as follows: Length 267 feet; beam 36 feet; depth of hold 16 feet; capacity, 2,000 tons on a draft of 14-1/2 feet. She will be ready for business the latter part of September.
August 31, 1877
The Buffalo Commercial says " The fine new propeller AVON, built at the Union Dry Dock, was successfully launched yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. She had been all ready to slide off the stocks for some days, but Captain Drake did not wish to make a move until the water had attained the desired level. The new craft will be a valuable acquisition to our lake fleet. Her dimensions are as follows: Length over all - 267 feet, - Keel 250 feet, - Beam 36 feet, - Hold 15 and a half feet. She will carry 2,000 tons on 14 feet 6 inches of water. She will have a compound engine , lower cylinder 54 inches and the upper one 26 inches in diameter, with 36 inch stroke. The boiler will be 9 feet shell by 18 feet in length, and made of half inch iron, with steel fire-box. The wheel will be 11 feet in diameter with 16 feet lead. The AVON will be ready for business by the first of October.
The J. W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, Aug.' Sept., 1877
Steam screw AVON. U. S. No. 105733. Of 1702.33 tons gross; 1538.84 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1877. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 251.1 x 35.4 x 15.1. Of 500 nominal horse-power.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885