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Buffalo (Propeller), U3076, 19 Jun 1878

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      Quayle & Sons, at their ship yards up the river, are now building three propellers for the grain trade between Buffalo and Chicago. Two are for the Anchor Line, and will be 250 feet keel, 270 overall, 36 feet beam, and 16 feet hold, with a carrying capacity of 1,500 tons apiece. They will be provided with two engine each, one low pressure, 24 by 48 stroke, and the other 48 by 48. They are being built at the Cuyahoga Works in this city. One of these vessels Is to be launched and completed by the 15th of May, and the other by the 15th of June. They have a third steamer on their stocks for the Western Transit Company, which will be 260 feet keel, 275 feet on deck, 37 feet beam, and 16 feet hold. The Globe Works are building the engines, and the vessel is to be completed in August.
      A visit to the yards, where they have some 250 to 300 men at work, is very interesting, as it presents a busy scene. They are among the largest boats that have been built at these yards, and they are putting about a million feet of lumber into each one of the vessels. They will be worth about $100,000 when completed. They are built with double decks, and have overhead arches, 13 by 28, extending the whole length of the vessel. They are put up in the most substantial manner, and each one is salted with about 200 barrels of salt. Mr. George Quayle, one of the firm, thinks that the future steamers on the lakes will be built of iron, and surrounded as they are with immense rolling mills and foundries, and with all the facilities at hand, it would be an easy task to convert their yards to iron ship-building.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, March 8, 1878

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      The Condition Of The Two On The Stocks - A Good Words From The DELAWARE.
The third propeller now being built at the yard of Quayle & Sons this season is to be named BUFFALO. She is intended for the Western Transportation Company. The vessel measures 275 feet over all, 37 feet wide, and 16 feet hold, and is 10 feet longer than either the DELAWARE or CONESTOGA, the other two propellers built here this season. The bed-plate for her engines was put in today, and she will be ready to launch about the 10th of August. Her engines are being built at the Globe Works in this city.
      The CONESTOGA is fast approaching completion, and will be ready to launch about the 10th of July. Her boilers were tested yesterday and the engines are being set up. They were built at the Cuyahoga Works. The CONESTOGA now looks like a complete vessel. She has one coat of paint on, her fore-mast and smoke-stack are in position, and her Texas and cabins built, but not glazed, and judging from external appearances, she will be completed by the time set.
      A letter from William Moses, chief engineer of the Anchor Line, with regard to the working of the DELAWARE, which left here on the 12th inst., says:
      We left Cleveland light-house at 7:30 P. M., and reached fully abreast of Fairport light at 10:30 P. M., running fully ten miles per hour and reached abreast of Erie lighthouse at 5:30 A. M., making the run in ten hours. As to handling, as the saying is, she is as "easy as an old shoe," and obeys her helm like a thing of life. We had a good chance to try her in Erie harbor moving from one dock to another. She left Erie with about 300 tons of freight, not enough to put her in trim for moving, but I have no doubt when loaded in Chicago she will give a good account of her carrying capacity, which is about 1,900 tons.
      Cleveland Herald
      June 19, 1878
Steam screw BUFFALO. U. S. No. 3076. Of 1,762.85 tons gross; 1,662.40 tons Net. Built Cleveland, O., 1878. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Of 800 horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Buffalo (Propeller), U3076, 19 Jun 1878