The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Autocrat (Schooner), 16 Jun 1854

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One of the finest vessels it has been our good fortune to inspect, will be launched from the ship yard of Capt. Charles Stevens, Irving, tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. She will present rather a novel appearance compared with those that have been launched at that place heretofore, as she will be all fitted out, ready to sail as soon as she glides into her destined element. She is 350 tons burthen, built in the most substantial manner, of beautiful model, combining strength, buoyancy and speed, and no pains or expense have been spared in her finish and fit out that would add to her appearance or convenience. She was built under the personal superintendence of Capt. Snow, one of her owners, who has demonstrated his thorough knowledge of nautical skill and science in her construction. She is to be commanded by Capt. Snow, who is every inch a sailor and gentleman, and every way qualified to tread the quarter decks of so noble and fine a craft.
She is to be called the AUTOCRAT, not a very popular name just now, but very appropriate for a vessel that is to lead the fine fleet that floats our inland seas. May good freight, good prices and favorable winds attend her.
      Silver Creek Gazette
      June 16, 1854 2-1

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Autocrat (Schooner), 16 Jun 1854