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Rapid (Propeller), U21449, 4 Jun 1861

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A STEAM TUG FOR THE U. S. SERVICE. -- The steam tug RAPID, of Buffalo, has reached Albany via the Erie Canal, and is there being fitted up as a gun boat for the service in the blockading squadron. The RAPID is of one hundred and thirty tons burthen, and one of four tugs that were given to the government by patriotic individuals at Chicago.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 4, 1861

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VESSELS FOR THE GOVERNMENT. -- At almost every available point we learn of preparations being made by the Federal Government for prosecuting the war as speedily and efficiently as possible. The Albany Journal says a boat building firm in that city, are now engaged in building a very staunch vessel for parties in New York, which, from her peculiar construction, they have every reason for believing is to be used as a gun-boat for the Federal Government. The vessel is 100 feet keel, 20 feet beam, 8-1/2 feet hold, and when fully equipped will draw 8 feet of water. Her deck is very strongly put together and so formed as to carry guns. She is a propeller, and will be driven with a double engine.
      The same firm are engaged in fitting the propeller RAPID, of Buffalo, apparently for the same purpose. The RAPID is a handsome vessel, 85 feet keel, 18 feet beam, 7-1/2 feet hold, drawing 7-1/2 feet of water and propelled by a single engine. This vessel is nearly completed, and will be ready for use in a few days.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 10, 1861

Steam screw RAPID. U. S. No. 21449. Of 77 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1857. First home port, Buffalo. Disposition:-- Abandoned 1879.
      Merchant Steam Vessels opf the Untted States, 1790 - 1868
      The Lytle - Holdcamper List.

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William R. McNeil
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Rapid (Propeller), U21449, 4 Jun 1861