The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Madison (Propeller), U4350, 25 Apr 1857

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Van Slyke, Notter & Co., launched from their yard yesterday on Erie Basin, a propeller, built for Messrs. Fitzhugh & Littlejohn of Oswego, which is to be placed in the upper and lower lake trade. She is called the CITY OF MADISON, in honor of the flourishing capital of Wisconsin. The dimensions are 143 ft. over all; 26 ft. beam; 11 ft. 6 inches hold, and will register about 357 tons. Cost about $28,000. Capt. Pease, a first class seaman, we understand will sail her. This craft had been built according to the Lake Underwriters Assoc. standard for A1 vessels: is of good model; is strongly fastened; has a powerful engine built by D. Bell of this city, and is fitted up with all recent improvements for handling freight &c. Like all the vessels turned out by this firm, she will be an honor to her builders. The launch was a finely successful one. She draws as she sits in the water now, about 5 ft. even keel. Messrs. Van Slyke, Notter & Co. will probably launch next Thursday the CITY OF QUINCY, the mate of the present propeller, for the same parties.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 24, 1857 2-5

Steam screw CITY OF MADISON. U. S. No. 4350. Of 487.23 tons. Home port, Chicago, Ill.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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City of Madison (Propeller), U4350, 25 Apr 1857