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Conestoga (Propeller), U125669, 19 Jun 1878

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      The Condition Of The Two On The Stocks -m 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 CONESTOGA. U. S. No. 125669. Of 1,726.21 tons gross; 1,562.24 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1878. Home port, Erie, Pa.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Conestoga (Propeller), U125669, 19 Jun 1878