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Sun (Propeller), U22281, 1 Apr 1854

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The new propeller " SUN " was launched from the yard of Messrs. Bidwell & Banta, on Saturday last, and went into the water in fine style. The SUN is owned by Messrs. A.R. Cobb & Co., and goes into the "Despatch Line" of propellers, from Buffalo to Chicago. She is 190 feet long 28 feet beam, and is about 623 tons burthen. Her engine is from Shepard's Works. She is to be commanded by Capt. Anderson, an experienced and capable officer.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, April 4, 1854

THE NEW PROPELLER SUN. -- This is one of the best built and finest looking propellers ever turned out from the ship yards of our city. She was built during the past winter by Bidwell, Banta & Co., for A.R. Cobb & Co., and Capt. Anderson, who is to take command of her. Her dimensions are 190 feet long; 28 feet 6 inches beam; 12 feet hold, and measures 630 tons. She will draw about 4 1/2 feet water on an even keel. Her boilers, machinery and wheel were built by Shepard's Iron Works.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, April 26, 1854

THE SUN. -- This splendid addition to the Dispatch Line of propellers came into our river this morning. We gave a full description &c., in the Journal of the 3rd inst., taken from a Buffalo contemporary, and for the rest must refer our readers to the vessel itself as she lies at the foot of State Street, where she attracts much attention. She reflects much credit on her builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta of Buffalo, and is the handsomest model we have lately seen. Her owners say she can take 700 tons with ease, and all agree that for her tonnage no vessel on the lakes can out carry her. Capt. Anderson one of her owners commands her, a thorough bred sailor and well worthy of the SUN. She brings a large cargo of assorted merchandise for our merchants and 400 bars of railroad iron, having thrown overboard 260 of the latter in lightening off the rocks at Point Pelee. In that disaster she experienced no considerable injury. Success to the SUN, long may she shine. - - - Chicago Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, May 15, 1854

Steam screw SUN. U. S. No. 22281. Of 629 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1854. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. Foundered off Rondeau, Ont., July 12, 1874. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868

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Sun (Propeller), U22281, 1 Apr 1854