The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hendrik Hudson (Steamboat), 19 May 1847

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      Another of the magnificent floating palaces which the rapidly increasing business of our lakes is so constantly calling into existence, is now ready to enter the lists, to compete for the popular favor. The HENDRICK HUDSON, which came out in October of last year, and made a few short trips in an unfinished state, has been in the hands of our mechanics the past winter, and has now come out as complete a specimen of steamboat architecture as her owners could wish to present to the public. She is indeed worthy to take rank among the other boats of her class which have successively made their appearance within the year past, and that alone is no small degree of praise.
      The cabins of the HUDSON are unusually spacious, in width and length, being 15 feet 6 inches wide, and 10 feet high, by 175 long, and are finished in the tasteful style now peculiar with the first class boats, of pure white, trimmed with gold. The style of finish throughout is Gothic, and the pointed arches surmounting the numerous state rooms, with the fantastic tracery which adorns them, give the unique appearance of that beautiful idea of architecture. The state-rooms are much larger than many it has been our fortune to occupy in our lake travels, and there is a deal of comfort in that one item. Each of them is furnished with an ample lounge, of elegant pattern, with spring cushions -- a luxury we have never before seen introduced into this department. The wash-stands are conveniently got up, being fitted with covers, that at once fit them for toilet or other purposes. The important object of ventilation has not been neglected in these most comfortable sleeping apartments, as is too often the case. There are two spacious family rooms formed by throwing two state-rooms into one, by means of folding doors, which look particularly inviting. They are each furnished with two elegant French bedsteads, and as comfortable mattresses as can be found in the best hotels, with lounges and other furniture to match. There are likewise two other rooms of this description, fitted up with extension sofas, that are scarcely less desirable.
      The ladies' saloon has that indispensable adjunct, the nursery, and has also other, and to most people most welcome music, in the tones of a fine piano, of Buffalo manufacture, made by Burdette, expressly for the boat. The gentlemen's cabin has connected with it a commodious reading-room, where a newspaper or an interesting volume can be quietly perused, out of the way of the crowd. There are five steerage cabins, as arranged as to allow the better class of emigrants and others, cabin and cooking places by themselves, with one devoted exclusively to female passengers. We are glad to see these interesting evidences of attention to the comfort of those who are obliged to journey in this economical manner, and believe there is nothing lost by looking thus to their interests.
      The cabins of the HUDSON are furnished with rosewood sofas, cushioned with crimson velvet, and numerous tete-a-tetes, as we should term them, being something like two high backed chairs united into one, and affording just space enough for two sitters, who can thus converse by themselves, without leaving room for some unwelcome interloper to take up position along side, to ones' particular annoyance.
      There are also of curved rosewood in Gothic style, and cushioned with red damask. The side tables, sideboards, have tops of white marble, and a centre table is a superb specimen, of black, veined marble, of exquisite polish. The cabin is lighted from above, through quatrefoil of stained glass, and the ladies' saloon has likewise six end windows that rejoice in all colors of the rainbow, and produce a splendid effect. Nine large and costly chandeliers are suspended from the ceiling.
      The finishing and furnishing of the HUDSON does credit to Buffalo mechanics. Her joiner work is done, and well done, by John Grissim -- the painting by Miller, in his best style -- the beautiful cabinet work by Hersee & Tinnerman -- the upholstery by Mooney, in his usual workmanlike manner -- the mirrors by Wilcox.
      The hull of the HUDSON was built at Black River, and under thew superintendence of G. W. Jones. She is a first rate model for a swift boat, and has been well and strongly built, with arches of timber extending from stem to stern, 225 feet in length, which most effectually counteract the liability to spring, of which large boats are in danger. Her engine was put in at Cleveland, from the Cuyahoga Works, and plays admirably. It is of 500 horsepower, with 30 inch cylinder, and 10 feet stroke. Her dimensions are -- length of deck, 210 feet; breadth of beam, 32 feet; width over all 54 feet; depth of hold, 12 feet 6 inches; tonnage, 800.
      The HENDRICK HUDSON is owned by our "go ahead" townsman, Henry H. Kinne, and Captain G. W. Jones, who is to sail her as managing owner. For the present he relinquishes the command of that old favorite of the lakes, Capt. Howe, formerly of the CHESAPEAKE, and lately of the EMPIRE, and from whom Capt. Jones is about building a boat at Cleveland that is calculated to walk right through the water -- making the trip to that port inside of 10 hours ! Whether Capt. Jones intends to make her beat his own noble craft, we haven't heard him say. In the meantime we can safely commend our traveling friends to the unsurpassed accommodations of the HENDRICK HUDSON, under the auspices of Capt. Howe.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, May 19, 1847

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Hendrik Hudson (Steamboat), 19 May 1847