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Scotia (Propeller), U115271, 27 May 1873

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Yesterday afternoon the new iron steamer RUSSIA, built for Charles Ensign, Esq., by Messrs. Gibson and Craig, was launched near the Union Iron Works. Messrs. Gibson and Craig are engaged in finishing off another boat of the same character for Mr. Ensign. It will be called the SCOTIA.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      August 21, 1872

      The prop. SCOTIA, owned by Chas. Ensign, has been completed and will be launched this afternoon, from the yard of the Union Iron Co.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 27, 1873 3-3

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The splendid new iron propeller SCOTIA was launched shortly after half-past four o'clock yesterday afternoon, from the yard near the Union Iron Works. The launch was witnessed by a large number of people. The vessel was thoroughly complete -- cabins, wood-work, engines, boilers, etc., and will at once take her place in the Union Steamboat Company's Line. She is the last one of the four propellers contracted to be built for Ensign & Holt, by the King Iron Works last fall, the services of bernard Clark, Esq., formerly foreman of the boiler shop of the King Iron Works, were secured by Messrs. E. & H, and under his supervision the SCOTIA was completed. She has, like her sisters the JAVA, CUBA and RUSSIA, five water-tight compartments and a water bottom, which is used for ballasting. She has two compound engines - upper cylinder, 26 inches bore and 36 inches stroke; lower cylinder 40 inches bore and 36 inches stroke. She has two boilers constructed of steel and after the most approved pattern. Her dimensions are : Length of keel 231 feet 6 inches; length over all, 240 feet; breadth of beam, 35 feet 4 inches; depth of hold, to water-bottom, 3 feet two inches. She is intended for the freight trade, and cost in round numbers, $174,000. Hayward & Mason had charge of the joiner and cabin work, and fully kept up their good reputation. Mr. John Smith, who constructed the Canadian iron ferryboat, ably seconded Bernard Clark, Esq., in the iron work, which is pronounced by competent judges to be faultless.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 28, 1873
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      The new iron prop. SCOTIA of the Union Steamboat Line, is afloat on her first trip and destined to Chicago.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 17, 1873 3-5

Steam screw SCOTIA. U. S. No. 115271. Of 1,502.01 tons gross; 1,334.83 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1873. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 231.0 x 35.0 x 13.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Scotia (Propeller), U115271, 27 May 1873