The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Alva (Propeller), 25 Apr 1908

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      Arrival From Milwaukee After Two Days' Trip -- Find, Ice Soft
The distinction of being the first boat into Buffalo in 1908 goes to the steamer ALVA. The steamer was sighted by the lookouts looming up through the haze early yesterday afternoon and came on slowly, arriving in the harbor about 6:30 o'clock in the evening. The ALVA left Milwaukee Thursday evening with a cargo of grain.
On arriving in port, the captain refused assistance of a tug and proceeded to the Frontier Elevator. The ALVA is a steel vessel with a gross tonnage of 2419 tons. She is 324 feet long, and 32 feet beam, having been built in 1893. Graham & Morton of Milwaukee are the owners of the boat.
The captain of the ALVA reported that he followed the north shore channel, as that seemed to be the more navigable. The ALVA found the ice soft and had little difficulty in making her way. The ice extended to Port Colborne on the Canadian shore and nearly to Dunkirk on the American side.
The success of the ALVA instilled into the Line managers hopes that they might be able to send their big package freighters away this morning. It will depend upon the effect of the wind last night upon the ice. General Agent H. S. Fiser of the Cleveland & Buffalo Line said last night he would communicate with Cleveland today and that one of the boats of this line might be sent through Monday, but the start will be governed by conditions here.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Sunday, April 26, 1908

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Alva (Propeller), 25 Apr 1908