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City of Cleveland (Steamboat), U204080, 17 Apr 1908

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      The largest passenger craft of any type on fresh water and the largest ship of her type in the world, the CITY OF CLEVELAND, under the powerful strokes of her mammoth sidewheels, moved majestically from the docks of the American Shipbuilding yards at Detroit Friday morning on her initial trip.
This was not the official trial of the boat; mearly a tryout by the builders for the speed test that will be held May 25. The officials of the American Shipbuilding Company and President P. H. McMillan, General Manager A. A. Schants and Treasurer George M. Black of the Detroit & Cleveland Line were aboard. The new boat is 444 feet long and 96 feet 6 inches wide, and cost $1,250,000. From a mechanical viewpoint the most startling innovation embodied in the great boat is an additional rudder fitted in the bow. This bow rudder is operated by steam steering gear. It enables the boat to turn in a little more than her own length and will facilitate greatly the maneuvering of the ship in narrow waters. No other passenger steamer in the world has a bow rudder operated by steam gear.
The CITY OF CLEVELAND is a huge first-class hotel that will carry her guests between Detroit and Cleveland at a rate of 25 miles an hour. The boat has 350 staterooms and eight of her twenty-five parlors open upon private balconies, a feature that is entirely new in passenger boat construction. Each stateroom has telephone and running hot and cold water, and among the rquipments of the boat are shower baths, grate fires, electric passenger elevators connecting the decks, wireless telegraph, private dining rooms and even convention halls.
An ordinary runabout could take a 75-foot spurt down one of the massive smokestacks without marring the paint or disfiguring the chauffeur. The splendor of the boat is bewildering, for upon entering is found a massive open space extending from the main deck to the top of the boat, above which hangs an artistic dome with panels that netted the painter $1,000 each.
      The hold of the CITY OF CLEVELAND is divided into 10 watertight compartments, each fitted with steel doors, which can be opened or closed by means of a hydraulic gear operated in the engine room. It is practically unsinkable. Great trimming tanks located on the guards keep the boat level and steady. The CITY OF CLEVELAND marks another advance in boat building on the lakes.
      Buffaalo Evening News
      Sunday, April 19, 1908
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Detroit, June 5. -- Amid a tremendous din of whistles and saluting cannon the new 444-foot Detroit & Cleveland Line steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, the largest sidewheel craft on fresh water, left her dock yesterday on her first trip, carrying 500 members of the Detroit Board of Commerce on a four-days` excursion to Saulte Ste. Marie. Next week the steamer will begin her regular run between Detroit and Cleveland.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, June 5, 1908

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      The palatial steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, which cost the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Company $1,250,000, now making the trip between Detroit and Buffalo, is said to be one of the largest and best equipped side-wheel steamers afloat. The state rooms number in all 325. There are 22 parlors with bath, and six parlors with private verandas. The five decks are connected by an electric passenger elevator. Every state room has running water, and thermostat. The thermostat and sprinkling system extends throughout the steamer. Her double unsinkable bottom, and steading tanks preventing rolling and liability to sickness, commend her for family enjoyment.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 19, 1910
Steam paddle CITY OF CLEVELAND. U. S. No. 204080. Of 4,568 tons gross; 2,403 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1907. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 390.0 x 54.2 x 22.3 Passenger service. Crew of 146. Of 6,000indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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City of Cleveland (Steamboat), U204080, 17 Apr 1908