CITY OF ERIE; HER FIRST TRIP.
New Palatial Steamer Of The C. & B. Line Will Make The Initial Today.
Could the man who built the WALK-IN-THE-WATER, the first of the lake steamers, be on board a C. & B. liner any evening, sleep comfortably and wake up in Cleveland in the morning, he would be a believer in all the fish stories since Jonah's time and even accept as gospel Cape Haytien war dispatches.
In the last five years there has been a revival of the old popularity of lake travel. The palatial steamboat of the halcyon days just before and after the war are brought to mind by present day lake boats.
But the old lake steamboat has gone forever. The 1898 fresh water packet ship in carpets, soft beds, burnished brass and hotel-parlor accommodations, is very different. Chief among these in popularity and of the present is the CITY OF ERIE, of the Cleveland & Buffalo Line, which, with the CITY OF BUFFALO, will after Wednesday, cater to the growing demand of the people for a "day off" by water.
The CITY OF ERIE will leave Cleveland tonight for her first trip to Buffalo. On the bridge will be Capt. John Edwards, who for 30 years sailed the old PEARL The purser is Archie McLachlin, known to almost everybody who has travelled in Lake boats.
The CITY OF ERIE reaches Buffalo Monday morning, and will clear for Erie, where a complimentry excursion will be given to the City officials and others. On Tuesday the new steamer goes to Cleveland and will give another complimentry excursion to guests at Cleveland. She then returns to Buffalo.
On Wednesday there will be a matinee lake ride, and in the evening a reception from 7 to 9 at the C. & B. dock, for the public.
The steamer will begin her regular trips then and settle down to steady habits and commercial ways, as has her sister ship, the CITY OF BUFFALO.
General Manager Newman of Cleveland, W.F. Herman, general passenger agent at Cleveland, and H.S. Fisher, who looks after the big business in Buffalo of the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Company, will have personal charge of the excursions and show trips of the spick and span CITY OF ERIE.
Buffalo Evening News
Sunday, June 19, 1898
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STEAMER "CITY OF ERIE" A LAKE BEAUTY
New C. & B. Passenger Boat Arrived In Buffalo This Morning.
Capt. John Edwards sailed the new C. & B. line steamer CITY OF ERIE into Buffalo Harbor and tied her up to the dock at 6:45 o'clock for the first time.
Every whistle in the harbor and on all the mills from Tifft Farm to Black Rock sang a welcoming song to the finest and newest side-wheel passenger boat of the lakes, and the spick and span steamer answered with a few exultant notes made by her own steam.
The CITY OF ERIE left Buffalo again at 8:30 for Erie, where this afternoon Mayor Robert J. Saltsman will present the colors to the boat, and Harvey D. Goulder of Cleveland will respond. Afterwards the holders of 3,000 complimentary tickets for a ride will enjoy an excursion out of Erie Bay.
The CITY OF ERIE will return this evening, make a trip to Cleveland tonight, give a complimentary ride to the guests at Cleveland on Tuesday and be at Buffalo Wednesday morning. Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock the steamer will give a complimentary ride to the guests out of Buffalo, returning at 5.
The steamer left Cleveland at 9:15 last night and arrived in Buffalo at 6:45 this morning.
Besides a good passenger list that contributed to the C. & B. treasury there were guests to the number of 100 on board.
Buffalo's delegation including among others, ex-Mayor Jewett, Sup.. Bull, R.R. Hefforf, Police Commissioner Curtiss, Capt. George McCloud, Chas. Donaldson, all in charge of Capt. J.J.H. Brown.
From Erie were: Mayor Robt. J. Saltsman, ex-Mayor Walter Scott, Col. James Carney, Charles Haskins, Chairman of the Select Council, W.F. Brew, Chairman of the Common Council; Jacob Kaltenbach, President of the Board of Fire Commissioners............
She is the largest side-wheel steamer on the lakes, being 16 feet longer than the CITY OF BUFFALO and of 3 feet greater beam. She is 324 feet over all and 78 feet beam; depth amidships, 17 feet 4 inches; draft, loaded, 11 feet 6 inches. Her shell is of five eighths steel, thickening to seven eighths at the keel, and stiffened by numerous belt frames and bulb auger iron running forward and aft. She is divided into 11 water-tight compartments, and is, therefore, practically unsinkable. Communications between these compartments is had through water-tight doors operated from the deck above.
She has five Scotch boilers and the largest cylinder of any steamer on the lakes in her engines. The low pressure cylinder is 80 inches across. She can develop 5800 horse-power.
Each one of her wheels weighs 58 tons. She can carry 800 tons of freight. She has 95 staterooms and four parlors on the cabin deck and 64 staterooms on the gallery deck. Thus she can accommodate 500 passengers in that department alone.
In painting, decoration, mirrors, in the fitting of the staterooms, carpets, rugs and draperies, everything possible has been done to make it the most splendid of floating hotels on the lakes. Bridal chambers, brilliant lights, a large cafe where 150 people may sit at one time, and, above all, for the man who travels much and who sits in a buffet when he is on the limited trains, for the first time on a boat, there is the smoking room, up near the pilot house, finished in chestnut, upholstered in leather, with tables in the cozy corners and windows everywhere.
From stem to stern she is the best, and before the week is over a speed of 22 miles an hour is expected to be developed.
Her officers are well known in Buffalo. Capt. "Jack" Edwards, a lake sailor for 30 years, now 62 years old, with a keen eye and a steady hand, is master. J.R. Randall is chief engineer, and Archie McLachlin, son of Capt. McLachlin, is the purser. The rest of the crew is the pick of the lakes.
Wednesday afternoon and evening the people of Buffalo will have a chance to inspect personally the steamer.
Buffalo Evening News
Monday, June 20, 1898
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Steam paddle wheel CITY OF ERIE. U. S. No. 127242. Of 2,498 tons gross; 1,280 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1898. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 316.0 x 44.0 x 18.0 Passenger service. Crew of 93. Of 2,200 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S. 1906