The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mayflower (Steamboat), 29 May 1849

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      This magnificent new steamer arrived at this port yesterday on her first trip, in sixteen hours and a quarter, running time from Detroit.
      The MAY FLOWER was built during the past winter and previous summer, by the Michigan Central railroad Company, solely as a passenger boat, to run in connection with their road. She has been constructed under the superintendence of Mr. Josiah Lupton, formerly of Brown's well-known ship yard, New York. Her dimensions are as follows: --
      Extreme length 288 feet -- Beam 35 feet 3 inches -- Over the guards 65 feet -- Depth of hold 13 feet 4 inches.
      Her tonnage, Custom House measurement, is 1354 39-100, and she draws 7 feet 9 inches of water.
      She has a massive and beautifully finished engine, built by Hogg & Delamater, New York, with a 72 inch cylinder and 11 feet stroke. Her wheels are 35 feet in diameter, the buckets having 11 feet face.
      The MAY FLOWER has three airy and commodious cabins, superbly finished and furnished. In the lower cabin there are 53 berths, and off from it, a nursery with 13 berths.
      In the cabin on the main deck, there are 12 large family rooms, each of which bears the name of a distinguished authoress, as follows: - Sigourney, Hall, Judson, Embury, Hemans, More, Landon, Howit, Baillie, Barbauld, Child and Leslie.
      In the upper Saloon, forward of the engine, there are 24 state-rooms with three berths in each, and abaft the engine 8 family rooms with canopy beds and 12 state-rooms, having two berths each. On the guards, there are also six state-rooms with three berths each -- forward of which, there are 14 state-rooms with three berths each and two well-arranged Bathing rooms.
The Steerage Cabin has 50 berths, with good bedding and most excellent accommodations.
      In all, she has 406 berths, most of them double, and what is better, all well ventilated.
      Each state-room and apartment of the boat is supplied with water by pipes from a reservoir on the upper deck. In fact nothing seems to have been omitted which could be desired for the comfort and convenience of passengers, and the Company have produced a boat not inferior to any other in America, so far as our knowledge extends -- the credit of which is due in a great measure, we learn, to Mr. Brooks, the Superintendent of the Central Railroad.
      The painting is by Atkinson & Godfrey. Coppersmithing by Peter McNoah and the lettering and gilding by Caleb F. Davis, of Detroit, and evince both skill and excellent taste.
      The following is a list of the officers of the MAY FLOWER:
Capt. H. Van Allen, one of the most accomplished officers on our western waters -- Clerk, Mr. Wm. F. Hurd, formerly of the Auburn and Rochester Rail Road, and favorably known to the travelling public as a competent and courteous business man -- First Mate, Wm. Caverly -- Second Mate, Mr. Lathrop --Engineer, Stephen Newhall -- Second Engineer, George Reed, and the Steward's Department could be placed in no better hands than those of Mr. C. C. Nelson, who has charge of it.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, May 30, 1849

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Mayflower (Steamboat), 29 May 1849