The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Caspian (Steamboat), 19 Sep 1851

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      The CASPIAN, Wards new steamer, is to take the place of the ATLANTIC, for a short time, in the North Shore Line. She is a splendid affair altogether, and if possible, is an improvement on her predecessors. Capt. Ludlow has command and this is "suff sea" as to seamanship and general capability. Det. Free Press.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 19, 1851

      THE "CASPIAN": The new steamer which has just been completed, made her first appearance in our harbor yesterday. Her dimensions are as follows:
Length 234 feet (?) poor
      Breadth of beam 32 feet (?) type.
      Depth of hold 10 feet
      Diameter of wheel 30 1/2 feet
      Engine 10 foot stroke
      Cylinder 90 inches (?) in diameter.

      She was built on the St. Clair River for the Messrs. Ward, by Mr. J. S. Wolverton, and is one of the finest models ever put afloat. She is finished and furnished in magnificent style. Her furniture is from the manufactor of Messrs. Hurome (?) & Timmerman, of this city, and reflects much credit on their establishment blurred type
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 23, 1851

      It is understood that the steamer CASPIAN is to run between this port and Cleveland for the present.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 25, 1851

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Caspian (Steamboat), 19 Sep 1851