The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
City of Chicago (Canal boat), 2 Jun 1875

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      The magnificent new stm. CITY OF CHICAGO, built for the Baxter Transportation Co., by J.H. Van Slyke in this city, was launched today at 12:00. She moved off the stocks in a graceful manner, and dropped into the water as easily as any one could desire. Her lightness is a surprise to all. She is built in a very substantial manner, with white oak planking and fastened throughout with screw and drift bolts; but she draws only 12 inches of water fore and aft. To our mind the CHICAGO is the handsomest boat of the Baxter line, and she is certainly the strongest. She is rated by the insurance companies A1 which is as high as any boat is classed. She will be loaded at once with grain for Utica or vicinity, and then receive her machinery at that city. Her capacity with all her machinery is 7,500 bu. wheat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 2, 1875 3-5

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City of Chicago (Canal boat), 2 Jun 1875