The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oliver H. Perry (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1869

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A NEW STEAMER. -- The OLIVER H. PERRY, built by Capt. Monk, of Sandusky, was launched at that place last Saturday. The Register gives the following description of the new steamer, which that paper says is the finest one ever built in Sandusky:
The OLIVER H. PERRY is a side-wheel steamer. Her extreme length is 122 feet; extreme breadth 211/2 feet, depth of hold 7 1/2 feet. She is built upon an entirely new principle original with Capt. Monk. The plan being such as to add to her strength and safety as a sea boat, adding also greatly to her beauty. She is thoroughly fastened and arched both inside and out. The engine cylinder is 22 inch bore by five feet stroke. It is placed on a diagonal from the after end of the boat. Her boiler, like the engine, is just what it should be. It is a return flue, 12 feet long, 7 feet shell and 4 1/2 feet fire box. Her engine, boiler and hull were all manufactured here; in fact she is a home production throughout. She is a credit not alone to the builder, Capt. Monk, but to this city. As a model steamer she is worthy a careful examination by ship builders and admirers of well built vessels.
      Toldeo Blade
      June 9, 1869

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Oliver H. Perry (Steamboat), 1 Jun 1869