We, by invitation, paid a visit yesterday to the new stm. TRAVELLER; new we say, for as there is so little to be seen of the former boat of that name we feel justified in saying she has become quite another institution. Her frames and bottom timbers having been found perfectly sound throughout, she has been rebuilt by having new deck beams and decks, with also, new knees. She has new sides lined under her clamps with 6 inch oak and above the same 4 inches in thickness, all throughly lobted and fastened. Another new improvement is an air chamber which sur (part missing)
arches have been placed in her hold for the support of any heavy weight on her decks. Her boilers have been raised and placed in a new position, and on the floors a layer of brick have been laid down, while overhead and around the boiler a lining of sheet iron protects that department from the danger of fire. She is well supplied with water-tight bulkheads, and her gallow frames have been made substantial as need be. Her cabin accommodations and other arrangements are not surpassed in any respect, besides being well provided with life boats and life preservers. We need add no more to satisfy the traveling public that the TRAVELLER this year is as safe and reliable a steamer as will be found on the Lake Superior route. Capt. Fred S. Miller, for the past 25 years master of steamers on our western waters, commands her. He has, in that capacity, been so well and favorably known with the travelling and business community as to need no further recommend at our hands. Always courteous, gentlemanly and obliging - a host in himself. Her other officers are: First mate, Joseph Randall; second mate, C. Ripley; engineer, Peter Murray; second engineer, George Moore; clerk, John Johston; steward, John Small, the latter for many years the well known caterer on the stm. MICHIGAN. The TRAVELLER will make her first trip to Buffalo leaving her on Monday evening, after which she will take her place in the Lake Superior line.
Detroit Free Press
Apil 20, 1862 4-4