The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
(Ferry), 1 Jan 1911

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The International Ferry Company, which operates Fort Erie Grove and other enterprises, plans to build a splendid twin-screw steamer to ply between Buffalo and the company's dock at Fort Erie Grove. The order for the steamer has not yet been placed, but President Weber expects it will be within a week or ten days.
Last year the company used the steamer LAKESIDE, but she was too small for the traffic and hence the decision to build a boat big enough to carry 1500 passengers a trip.
"When we place our order it will be for a high-class, twin-screw, double-deck steamer," said President Weber today. "The order hasn't been given out and we are going slow as we want the best we can get. The Company has leased dockage at the foot of Commercial street and our run will be from there to our own dock on the Canadian side of the river."
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, January 7, 1911

      Contract Signed for New Passenger Boat to Run to Erie Beach.
The Empire Shipbuilding Company will rush work on the new passenger steamer for the Erie Beach line, operated by the International Ferry Company, for which the contract was signed yesterday. The new steamer will cost $150,000 and will be ready for service during the coming season. The boat will be a modern steel craft, fireproof throughout and possessing every convenience for the comfort of the 2,000 passengers which she will be licensed to carry. She will be 160 feet long with a 40-foot beam and draw between seven and eight feet of water, a draft which will permit her landing at the new steel pier at the beach without difficulty.
The machinery on the boat will be of sufficient power to enable her to make quick time between the new dock at the foot of Commercial street and the beach. Two compound condensing engines with Scotch boilers will drive twin screw propellors and a duplicate lighting plant. A safety signaling system will keep the captain and engineer in constant communication.
The boat will have three spacious decks, equipped with comfortable cabins, smoking rooms, crew quarters and lounging cabins. John F. Malone, president of the Empire Shipbuilding Company, said today that the concern would turn out one of the finest steamers of her size in service on the lakes.
      Edward Gaskin, the naval architect, will supervise the work of constructing the new boat.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, January 17, 1911

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(Ferry), 1 Jan 1911