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United Shores (Propeller), 18 Jul 1911

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United States Steamboat Inspectors Todd and Nolan made an inspection of the new steel excursion steamer UNITED SHORES at the foot of Geneses street yesterday afternoon. The vessel is being built by the Empire Shipbuilding Company for the Buffalo and Fort Erie Excursion Company. The boat is expected to be out by the last of the week.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, July 18, 1911

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      The new steel excursion steamer UNITED SHORES is practically completed and will make her trial trip the first of next week.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, July 20, 1911

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The beautiful new steel excursion steamer of the Erie Beach Company built by the Empire Shipbuilding Company makes its trial trip in the waters of Lake Erie this afternoon. The boat has undergone thorough inspection and tests, and is pronounced ready for business. The vessel left the foot of West Genesee street at 2:15 o'clock.
The new steamer is one of most efficient excursion boats at this end of the lake, being 160 feet in length, 39 feet beam, with a draft of seven feet, six inches. The vessel is the only twin screw pleasure craft at this port. The power of her combined engines amounts to 700 horse power. She in also equipped with bilge keels which constitute an innovation on Lake Erie. With these keels the rocking of the vessel, even in very rough sailing, will be decreased
to a great extant. The capacity of the boat is about 2,300, and it is estimated that a speed of
15 miles an hour can easily be attained.
The boat was named by Charles C. Sheppard, of this city, "The United Shores" is a very appropriate appellation for one of the connecting links between these two great countries in this era of reciprocity.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, August 2, 1911 6-4

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      Splendid Success, Verdict of All on First Trip of New Steel Excursion Boat.
That the trial trip of the new steel excursion steamer, UNITED SHORES, built for the Erie Beach Company, was a splendid success, declared by all who participated in the trip yesterday afternoon. The vessel came up to every expectation. About 60 persons had the pleasure of being the first ones to ride on the trip craft.
The UNITED SHORES left her dock at the Foot of West Genesee street at about 3 o'clock and proceeded up the lake about 15 miles. The working of the engine was perfect, and the boat responded to every touch of the wheel with an exactness that brightened the faces of the old lake captains on board. Many different turns were tried, all with results that were above satisfactory. On account of the twin-screw equipment, the vessel can turn in almost its own length, by going ahead with one screw, meanwhile reversing the other.
A feature of the trip was the absence of vibration. The occupants of the craft had no use for sea-legs, for the boat rode as steady as an automobile on land. The equipment of the bilge keels, an innovation on this end of the lake, entirely prevented the vessel from rocking, and in rough sailing the tossing of the vessel would be greatly decreased. The new steamer is equipped with every known device for the comfort and safety of her passengers, and is complete in every respect. She is also built in a manner to attain speed. On the return trip of the first spin, a prominent mariner an board, claimed that the vessel made 21 miles an hour in a spurt of seven miles and investigation showed that the boilers were not at full steam.
The guests of John J, Malone, the builder of the ship, on the trial trip, included many personages prominent in marine circles, among whom were Wm. Wharton, superintendent of the Erie Beach Company; the president of the company. F. J. Weber, and other officials; United States Steamboat Inspectors Pape, Todd, Nolan and Noone, and many lake captains and mariners.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, August 3, 1911

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United Shores (Propeller), 18 Jul 1911