The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Amanda (Canal Boat), 1 Sep 1861

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THE TEST BOAT. -- The AMANDA, which under directions of Engineer Ruggles is making a test trip on the Erie Canal, passed Syracuse on Saturday night. She had on board 6,500 bushels of wheat and thirty-three barrels of copper ore, weighing seven hundred pounds per barrel. The weight of the boat and cargo was 540,700 pounds. She drew five feet nine inches of water on one side, and five feet nine inches and a half on the other.
      There was no trouble in navigation experienced by this boat on the Middle Division, except detention by grounding a short distance this side of Jordon. From Buffalo to Syracuse an improved state of navigation was found as compared with the results of a like trip in July last.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 2, 1861

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Amanda (Canal Boat), 1 Sep 1861