The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Idaho (Propeller), 7 Jun 1864

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The prop. IDAHO is in port, and it may not be inappropriate to let the Chicago Journal speak of her, which it does in the following terms:
      "Everybody remembers the furore that was created last summer when this superb vessel came out. Newpapers teemed with glowing descriptions of her excellent sea going qualities, her safety and impregnability, her great strength and beauty, her superior accommodations, her luxurious cabins and state rooms, etc., and people flocked be hundreds to see the nautical wonder. Nor was this all. The floating palace or hotel was filled upon every trip with her full compliment of passengers. Eastern tours were delayed for days to await the arrival and departure of the IDAHO.
It was found necessary during the past winter to lengthen the principal cabin 30 ft., adding several state rooms. Just "Aft" of the cabin a gentleman's smoking room has been fitted up, making another attraction to the tourist, or business traveller, to all of whom we recommend the IDAHO and her gentlemanly and attentive commander, Capt. Conkey."
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      June 7, 1864 3-1

Steam screw IDAHO. U. S. No. 12069. Of 1110,97 tons gross; 906.80 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio 1863. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 220.5 x 32.0 x 12.3
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1897

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William R. McNeil
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Idaho (Propeller), 7 Jun 1864