The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Persian (Propeller), 1 Nov 1874

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There arrived in port Saturday afternoon the largest boat with the largest cargo of grain ever brought to this city. This craft is named the PERSIAN, and her cargo consisted of 63,159 bu. wheat, though she has a capacity for several thousand bushels more. She drew 13 ft. 5 inches forward and 13 ft. 7 inches aft. The PERSIAN was built at Cleveland by Messrs. Quayle & Co. for the Winslows, and has been engaged all summer transporting iron ore and lumber from Lake Superior ports. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel 255 ft., over all 265 ft.; breadth of beam 40 ft.; depth of lower hold 12 ft.; between decks 8 ft. Her burthen new measurement is 1,666 tons. The wheel is driven by 2 high pressure engines, 27 x 30 and is 10 ft. 6 inches in diameter. She has 2 boilers, each 16 x 8 1/2 ft. She carries 4 masts and is wire rigged throughout. It will be readily seen that her propelling apparatus is of great power and ought to be capable of making great time. The boat is filled with all the modern conveniences and no doubt gives entire satisfaction to her owners and commander.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 16, 1874 3-5

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The large prop. PERSIAN after unloading her cargo yesterday, was obliged to go into drydock, a leak having been discovered in her bottom.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 17, 1874 3-5

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Persian (Propeller), 1 Nov 1874