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Pilgrim (Propeller), U150524, 18 Apr 1891

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The new excursion boat PILGRIM, owned by Samuel Sloan, whose route will be down the river to Sheenwater and other points, will be launched Thursday morning.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 15, 1891 2-3

      An Excursion Steamer and a Steel Tug Baptized Today.
      A notable addition to Buffalo's list of excursion steamers was made this morning by the launch of the steamer PILGRIM, which is to ply on the river and lake this summer. The new boat promises to be the best in the harbor. She is 125 feet long and 26 foot beam, and will have three decks. The cabins are to be finished in antique oak and the whole vessel lighted by electricity. The PILGRIM is of unusual construction strength, and to insure perfect safety the hull has been divided into nine watertight compartments.
      The vessel's entire equipment is furnished by Buffalo firms. The boiler, which was made by Mr. Ritter, is 7 feet 8 inches in diameter, 12 feet 6 inches long, and is allowed 150 pounds of steam. The engine, which is of the fore and aft compound type, was made by Sutton Bros.
      A feature of the new steamer which will commend itself to the public is that the furnaces will burn hard coal, so there will be no smoke nuisance.
      The PILGRIM will not be completed for a month, but she is already chartered by the Knights of Maccabees for May 30 and the Knights of Pythias for June 8.
      The new steel tug which David Bell has been building for the Keystone Lumber Company of Ashland, Wis., was launched this morning from Mr. Bell's shipyard. The measurements are as follows: -- Length over all, 90 feet; beam, 19 feet; moulded depth, 11 feet.
      The KEYSTONE is furnished with a fore and aft compound engine of the following dimensions : Diameter of cylinders 18 and 34 inches with a 36 inch stroke. Steam is furnished with a steel boiler 8 feet 6 inches in diameter and 14 feet long, which will carry 130 pounds pressure. The boat will be ready for sea in 30 days.
      Mr. Bell said that this was 37th, iron and steel vessel which has been launched from his yard, and he has laid the keels of two more, a tug and a yacht.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      April 18, 1891
The new excursion steamer PILGRIM is nearly ready for business and a host of carpenters, varnishers, and scrapers are at work on her cabins, which must be finished by Saturday, when the boat is chartered for the Knights of Maccabees' annual picnic. The new boat is about the size of the MASCOTTE, and is of unusal strength. Her owners say that when her boiler, weighing 16 tons, was lifted in and deposited near the rail, the vessel listed but four inches. This stiffness is a most desirable quality in an excursion steamer, because otherwise, when passengers congregate suddenly on one side a dangerous list is liable to follow.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      May 28, 1891

      The Passenger Steamer PILGRIM.
The PILGRIM, built and owned by Sloan, Cowles & Sloan, is a splendid passenger boat chiefly because she stands up with a crowd and does not list. She is 125 feet long, 26 feet in beam, and is allowed 800 passengers. Her engine, fore and aft compound, built by Sutton Brothers, is 15 and 30 by 18 inches stroke and her boiler 12 feet by 7 feet 8 inches. She runs about 11 miles an hour, and can be crowded about 2 miles more. She is quite popular, because she has so much deck room.
The Fisher Electric Company placed the electric equipment on the PILGRIM and it is said to be one of the most compact lighting plants on any lake steamer. The engine and dynamo are mounted on a sub-base, the armature and engine shaft being in one continuous piece. The engine and dynamo run at a speed of 375 revolutions per minute, developing an e.m.f. of 110 volts that will sustain 100 16 c.p. lamps This system of lighting is recommended and preferred where purchasers are willing to pay the additional cost. It is more compact, it runs at a slow rate of speed and there is absolutely nothing for the engineer to do but to keep the oil cups filled. The boat is brilliantly lighted by 80 incandescent lamps, controlled from the engine room by a six-circuit standard switch-board, the switches being mounted on marble bases together with the calibrating instruments and are equipped with safety devices. The driving engine is manufactured by the John T. Noye Manufacturing Company, of Buffalo.
      Marine Review
      August 20, 1891

      Steam screw PILGRIM. U. S. No. 150524. Of 261.13 gross tons; 209.14 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1891. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 113.7 x 26.0 x 7.9 Of 200 nominal horsepower [estimated]
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1892

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Pilgrim (Propeller), U150524, 18 Apr 1891