We were with the throng the other day in wandering through the elegant and commodious apartments of this truly splendid steamer. We have watch the OHIO from the day we saw her beautiful form glide into the water; and, though our expectations have been high, yet were they more realized by the display of Saturday last. We take this opportunity of giving to our readers a more detailed description of her than has heretofore appeared in out columns.
The OHIO cames from the well-known ship-yard of Messrs. Sanford & Moses, and her model is of surpassing beauty and grace. Her keel measures 200 feet, beam 28 feet, depth of hold 11 feet, extreme breadth 52 feet, and her capacity is 586 tons. Her engine, in finish and movement, is unsurpassed by any other steam motive power we have ever seen. The ponderous machinery moves so noiselessly that you cannot tell, from any jarring of timbers, whether it be in motion or rest. The piston has a stroke of 9 feet, the cylinder a diameter of 29 inches, with double poppet valves, on the latest and most approved plan. This superb piece of mechanism is from the Cuyahoga Works; under the superintendence of E. T. Sterling, Esq., Messrs. Brayton & Rogers, principal Machinists.
Capt. Nickerson, in every part of the OHIO, most fully evinces his hospitable regard for the wants of the traveling public. Those who have small children will be gratified to know that this boat is provided with a spacious and well furnished nursery, where passengers can retire from the public cabin, and find every convenience they could wish for, for quieting and pleasing the little ones.
The cabin , which is 174 feet in length, is worthy of the OHIO and her commander. There is no extraordinary attempt at display, and yet the most refined taste can discover no defect. The state rooms are more like one's own private chamber than an ordinary steamboat sleeping room. The manner of disposing of washing utensils and turning the dressing-case and washing-stand into a couple of elegant ottomans, is certainly ingenious and convenient. All the cabinet-ware and mattresses of the OHIO are from the large establishment of Messrs. Gardner & Vincent, and reflect great credit upon that well known house. The beautifully embroidered drapery is tastefully hung by the experienced upholsterer, Mr. Wisdom. The glorious name of our bonnie Buckeye State, which throws a golden halo around each wheelhouse, fell upon the skillful brush of Hopkins. The rest of the painting and garniture is the work of Mr. Hathaway.
We are proud of the OHIO, and doubt not her career will be profitable to her owners and honorable to our city. It will be pleasing to see her this evening ride gracefully out from the piers for the first time, and take her proud station on the crystal waters of old Erie.
Cleveland Weekly Herald
Wednesday, April 28, 1847