The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Empire State (Propeller), 1 Mar 1898

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      Manager Folger In Town To Inspect Work On The "NEW YORK."
      B.W. Folger, Jr., the general traffic manager of the American line of steamers on the St. Lawrence river, came to Buffalo yesterday to inspect the work which is being done on the company's new steamer NEW YORK. The American line of boats runs during the summer from Clayton to Montreal in connection with the New York Central road. Heretofore the bulk of this business has been done by Canadians, but, according to Mr. Folger, the Americans are out for the business now and intend to get it.
      "We are going to put three first-class boats on the line on July 4 and they will run until the excursion business is over," said Mr. Folger to a NEWS reporter this morning. "Three boats will be put on - The NEW YORK, the EMPIRE STATE and AMERICA. They will make daily trips between Clayton and Montreal. Everything that can be done for the comfort of passengers will be accomplished and we intend to show the people what beautiful places the St. Lawrence River and the resorts along it are. The NEW YORK will have a speed of 20 miles an hour and she will probably be the fastest steamer on the St. Lawrence. The boat will be ready for business the latter part of June. William Murphy is building the steamer. We have let the contract for furnishing the carpets and upholstery to the D.S. Morgan & Allen Company of this city. Iribacker & Sons will put in the plumbing and every bit of work on the steamer will be done by Buffalo firms and Buffalo workmen, The interior of the boat is to be finished in Empire style and no expense will be spared."
      Mr. Folger is the guest of Harry Parry, the general agent of the New York Central.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, March 23, 1898

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Empire State (Propeller), 1 Mar 1898