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Portage (Propeller), 1 Sep 1875


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Yesterday afternoon the new prop. PORTAGE, built for the Union Steamboat Co., was successfully launched from the Union shipyards. The vessel will be used for carrying freight, and will be run between Chicago and Buffalo. She is constructed in a most substantial manner. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel, 235 ft.; over all 253 ft.; breadth of beam, 34 ft. 8 inches; depth of hold, 15 ft. She will be propelled by one of Lay's patent compound engines 36 inch stroke. Her wheel is 11 ft. in diameter and of the latest pattern. It is expected the boat will be finished and ready for business in about 10 days.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 1, 1875 3-5



LAUNCH: -- At Buffalo, on Tuesday afternoon, the new propeller PORTAGE, built for the Union Steamship Company, was successfully launched from the Union Shipyards. The vessel will be used for carrying freight, and will run between Chicago and Buffalo. Her dimensions are:- length of keel 255 feet; 253 feet overall; depth of hold, 15 feet; breadth of beam, 34 feet 8 inches. She will be propelled by one of the Lay's patent compound engines, 36 inch stroke. Her wheel is 11 feet in diameter and of the latest pattern. It is expected the boat will be finished and ready for business in a few days. She is a first class vessel in all respects, and will do the Company good service for many years.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Saturday, September 4, 1875
     


The new prop. PORTAGE made a trip out into the lake yesterday afternoon for the purpose of working her machinery, and carried quite a number of passengers. The boat will be officered as follows: W.D. Douglas, master; J.B. Hall, first mate; Patrick Dugan, second mate; Joseph Phillips, first engineer; Hiram Cook, second engineer.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 23, 1875 3-5



The new prop. PORTAGE left for Chicago early this morning, on her first trip.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 25, 1875 3-6



THE WISSAHICKON. -- This new propeller, belonging to the Anchor Line, was expected up last evening upon her first trip. Her dimensions are as follows: 235 feet length of keel and 250 feet over all, 36 feet breadth of beam and 15 feet 3 inches depth of hold. The Custom House measurement giver her 1,519 53-100 tonnage. She was intended to be a duplicate of the Union Line steamer PORTAGE, and is so in every respect, except being about six inches wider. It is thought she will carry a little more than the PORTAGE, which has carried 1,900 to 2,000 tons. A cabin, 100 feet long, on the upper deck provides elegant and comfortable quarters for the officers. The boat with outfit complete cost about $90,000. The following officers have been appointed: Captain, H. A. Sisson; D. P. Stewart, first engineer; Michael Hughes, second engineer. --- Detroit Tribune, Sept. 5th.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, September 7, 1876


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launch Buffalo &c.
Date of Original:
1875
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McN.E.6123
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Portage (Propeller), 1 Sep 1875