The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oneida (Propeller), U18888, 26 May 1862

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TRIAL TRIP OF THE NEW PROPELLER ONEIDA. -- On Saturday afternoon, the new propeller ONEIDA, built by Mr. John Kelderhouse, started from the Erie Basin on her trial trip. A jubilant party of ladies and gentlemen, some fifty or sixty in number, were on board. The ONEIDA steamed gaily out, with handsome new colors flying, and to all appearance behaved as if she had had years of experience in open water. The trip extended to some twelve or fifteen miles up the lake, and what with the beauty of the weather and the aid of a festive group of musicians on board, the passengers had a splendid time of it. The ONEIDA is perhaps the finest, certainly one of the finest, propellers on the lakes. She is a first-class vessel in all respects, 210 feet keel, which length is the same as that of two other vessels built during the winter for the People's Line; and we believe that these three accordingly show the longest keels on the lakes. Her other dimensions are: 30 feet beam, 13 feet 6 inches hold, and burthen 800 tons. The engine, built at the Shepard works, has a 36 inch stroke and 36 inch cylinder. Internally she is finished more after the style of the olden time when magnificent steamers were in vogue, than in the mode of latter day propellers. The cabin is double the usual length of propeller cabins, and presents a perspective of carpets and chandeliers which immediately suggest "a hop." State-rooms, saloons, &c., are fitted up in the best and neatest style, and in the passenger trade, we fancy, the ONEIDA will presently become a favorite. A voyage up the lakes with such accommodations is as good as a month at Saratoga and costs about a hundredth part of the current price of that summer luxury. The ONEIDA is to run in the People's Line to the upper lakes. She is owned by Mr. Kelderhouse and R. C. Palmer, jointly.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, May 26, 1862
Steam screw ONEIDA. U. S. No. 18888. Of 1070.50 tons gross; 928.54 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 862. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 200.3 x 31.7 x 12.0.
      Merchant Vessel List U. S., 1885

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Oneida (Propeller), U18888, 26 May 1862