The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo (Propeller), U3076, 24 Aug 1878

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      Another Fine New Freight Propeller.
The new propeller BUFFALO, of the Western Transportation Company, arrived here at noon of Saturday, on her first trip from Buffalo, with 1,040 tons of miscellaneous merchandise. Her dimensions are: Length of keel, 260 feet; length on deck, 275 feet; breadth of beam, thirty-six feet; depth of hold, sixteen feet; tonnage, 1,762. Her engine is a compound; upper cylinder, twenty inches in diameter, and forty-inch stroke; lower cylinder, forty inches in diameter with a forty-inch stroke. Her boilers are made of one-half inch steel plate, and are eight feet in diameter and sixteen feet long. Her engines are placed on the main deck, thus giving her a greater carrying capacity and they can be got at more readily than if in the usual position in case of accident or when repairs are to be made. She has all the latest improvements. She was built under the supervision of Captain Condon, her commander, at the yard of Quayle & Sons, Cleveland, and the painting was done by H.G. White, of Buffalo. Her cost, completed, was $115,000. The following is a list of her officers: Commander, Captain Condon, formerly of the COMMODORE; First Mate, Mr. Titus; Second Mate, Mr. John Dunn; Chief Engineer, Mr. Kemmedy; First Assistant, Thomas Berryman; Second Assistant, Edward Lang. The new craft made about ten miles an hour on an average, on the way up, and all hands are well satisfied with the way everything worked.
      The BUFFALO is certainly a fine boat, and a most valuable addition to our fleet of steam carriers.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      August 26, 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, 24 Aug 1878