The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Millenium (Canal Boat), 10 Jul 1861

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A TEST BOAT. -- The lake boat "Millenium," drawing five feet eleven inches of water, is on its way eastward from Buffalo, and will pass through the entire Erie Canal, to test the depth of water. So says the Syracuse Journal.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, July 8, 1861

THE CANAL BOAT "MILLENIUM,"-- This fine canal boat, built in this city, the property of E. S. Prosser, and commanded by Capt. H. Towsend, reached Rochester about one o'clock on Monday, on her experimental trip. She was freighted with 7470 bushels of corn; being 416,640 Lbs; toll $366 25; draught of water, 5 feet 10 inches; light weight, 127500 Lbs. Two engineers are on board with a registering apparatus to indicate any point in the canal bottom that gives less than six feet depth of water. Between here and Rochester the vessel scraped bottom only four times, which occasioned no delay. A "log" of the trip with full history of incidents is being kept on board, and when the round trip shall have been made, we may expect an interesting report.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, July 10, 1861

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Millenium (Canal Boat), 10 Jul 1861