The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
(Steamboat), 26 Oct 1875

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      Another trial of the steel yacht recently built by Mr. David Bell of this city, was made on Saturday last. The speed attained, and that under circumstances not altogether favorable, was 18 1/2 miles per hour. The yacht which as yet is nameless, has a beautiful model, and is a beautiful little craft altogether. She was built by Mr. Bell, just for the fun of it, as near as we can make out, with some idea perhaps, of showing what he could do in this direction.
      The yacht is 80 ft. in length by 10 ft. in width, and has2 engines, with large return flue boiler. There is a cabin forward and one aft, each 14 ft. in length, with a passage-way between. The cabins are finished in black walnut and chestnut, and provided wwith carpets, &c. She will accommodate from 70 to 80 passengers. Twenty miles per hour, we believe, is the rate at which Mr. Bell proposes the little craft shall travel, when everything about her is finished and put to rights according to his ideas.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 26, 1875 3-1

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(Steamboat), 26 Oct 1875