The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rocket (Propeller), U21144, 11 May 1857

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The Cleveland Herald a day or 2 since had a notice of the prop. ROCKET and COMET which we ommitted to publish. As they are Buffalo boats, it is not too late to print the article now. The Herald says:
      "These two admirable propellers have just come out from the yard of Messrs. Peck & Masters, and are ready to move. In fact the COMET is now loaded. The ROCKET loads immediately.
      "These propellers are built for the New York Central Railroad Line and will run between this port and Buffalo. The ROCKET and the COMET are all that a skillful use of materials can make.
      "The ROCKET is officered by Wm. Watts, Captain; M. Driscoll, mate; Geo. Burton, 2d mate; G.L. Barker, 1st Engineer; E. Lindsay, 2d engineer.
      "The COMET is officered by H. Watts, Captain; Robert Watts, 1st mate; Wm. Curtiss, Engineer."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 11, 1857 2-5

Propeller ROCKET. U. S. No. 21144. Of 611 tons gross. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1857. First Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Disposition: - Rig changed to barge October 2, 1877
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Rocket (Propeller), U21144, 11 May 1857