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Sultana (Steamboat), 26 May 1847

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      This new and magnificent craft left last evening for the west under command of Capt. Appleby, her owner, with one of the richest waybills of the season. She was literally crammed with passengers and freight.
      We briefly spoke of this boat a few days since, but not having examined her minutely, were not able to give anything like an adequate understanding of her beauty and merits. Her hull was built ar Algonac, on St. Clair River, during the latter part of last season, by Mr. Z. Pangburn. Her length is 227 feet, over all -- beam 30 feet 6 inches -- extreme breadth 53 feet. The ladies saloon and dining cabin are 196 feet in length, lined by large and well ventilated state-rooms. These rooms are furnished with good mattresses, fine linen bedding and rich camp curtains. The cabins are of modern finish and style, and present a fairy-like appearance. We have arrayed before us, as traced by the painter's pencil, the beauties of the Bosphorus and the gorgeous splendor of the "City of the Sultan." Mr. James Smith, an artist of more than common merit, has transferred to the panels of the cabin, in front of the state-rooms, some of the richest views, by Bartlett, of the scenery of Constantinople and its environs. They impart a beauty and loveliness to the place, giving to the interior a most pleasing and happy effect. The furniture consisting of ottomans, divans, chairs, &c., is from Statt's, and is, of course, rich in its style and finish. The mirrors, so full of reflections, and so creditably in point of style, are from the establishment of Mr. B. Wilcox. The upholstery is by Mr. G. V. Mooney, and the joiner work by Mr. John Smith.
      In addition to the usual accommodations for sleeping the passengers, this boat has 16 large family rooms, with double beds and berths -- just the place to go with little folks. Besides, there is the "Bridal Room," which is on the main deck, and very tastefully fitted up and furnished.
      The SULTANA is among the largest, best, and most magnificent of our lake steamers, and with her experienced commander and judicious selection of under officers, she must as she well deserves, be decidedly a favorite with the public.
      She has a powerful engine from the manufactory of Messrs. T. F. Secor & Co., New York, the cylinder of which is 48 and a half inches, with a stroke of 11 feet. This power when applied to a wheel 30 feet in diameter, must and will propel the SULTANA with a speed difficult to outstrip or even keep up with. Being of a very fine model, we expect to see the SULTANA rather rapid in her movements.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, May 26, 1847

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Sultana (Steamboat), 26 May 1847