The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
International (Steamboat), 29 May 1857

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On Saturday next, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta will lay down the
keel of a new Ferry boat, for the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway,
to be called "The INTERNATIONAL," and which is guaranteed by that
firm to carry with perfect ease and comfort, a train of 8
passenger or freight cars, from the Canada to the American shore;
by which means the next most perfect communication to a bridge
will be established, from this city to the system of railways
passing through Western Canada. The length of this steam ferry
is to be 230 ft., and her breadth of beam 40 ft. She is to have
2 powerful engines, each of 42 inch cylinders and 9 ft. stroke,
and which are being built by Messrs. Sheppard, of this city. She
is guaranteed to be ready for service in the 1st of November
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 29, 1857 3-2

"THE INTERNATIONAL." - This is the name of a new and powerful steam ferry boat now building in this city for the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway. She is to be completed by October next. Her length is to be 240 feet; breadth of beam 40 feet; capacity 1200 tons. She will have two powerful engines, of 44 inch cylinders and 9 feet stroke, and will be capable of taking across the river sixteen loaded cars at once. The time to be occupied in getting on board and landing the cars across the river, will only occupy fifteen minutes." The Detroit Advertiser, alluding to these facts, says: "The public will understand, that after the passenger takes his seat in the beautiful saloon cars of the B. & L. H. Railway, he does not leave his seat again until he is in the heart of the city of Buffalo. After arriving at Fort Erie, the cars will be run to the dock and on the INTERNATIONAL, across the river from the boat to the dock - and passengers will be whirled on to Buffalo, only fifteen minutes of time being required for the whole operation. In a matter of saving of time and money, this boat cannot well be best. The amount of labor to be saved in the course in the handling of goods alone, is an item of considerable magnitude. It will save the handling of goods from cars to dock, from dock to ferry boat, and an equal number of handlings on the other side of the river. The loss and destruction of goods is also a large item, caused by these frequent handlings. We doubt not the public will appreciate the exertions made by the management of this railway."
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 11, 1857
      THE INTERNATIONAL. - This ferry-boat of the Buffalo & Lake Huron Railway Company was not launched on Saturday, as announced, as the water was too shallow. She will, however, be launched from the ship-yard of Bidwell & Banta at 3 o'clock this afternoon, without fail. The boat is 340 feet long, and draws six feet of water. She has on her deck three tracks, and is designed to carry a train of eight freight or passenger cars across the Niagara River. The public are invited to witness the launch this afternoon.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 5, 1857

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International (Steamboat), 29 May 1857