The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lowell (Propeller), 21 Sep 1865

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A New Steamer. - We had the pleasure of viewing the new and elegant Propeller LOWELL which arrived at this port today, it being her first trip. She was built for, and is now owned by the Northern Transportation Company, and they may well be proud of her. She is, without any exception, the finest ship of the kind we have ever seen in this port, every portion of her being gotten up in the most costly luxurious style.
Her engines are of great power, and the very best make; her internal arrangement most perfect, the staterooms being large and elegantly fitted, and the saloon is a perfect gem. All the furniture of every part of the boat is new and costly, and we do not see how passengers can be made more comfortable than those of the LOWELL. She was built by Mr. Ira Laffrenier of Cleveland, who has gained for himself an enviable name in her construction.
The LOWELL is commanded by Capt. A. Shaver, the oldest Captain in the employ of the company, he having commanded the first Propeller ever owned by the N.T.C., the old LADY OF THE LAKE. The other officers are all picked men, and we predict for the LOWELL a prosperous career. She had a large load of passengers and freight this morning from Ogdensburg, and took on more here before her departure up the lakes.
Her dimensions are as follows: Length over all, 144 feet; beam, 24 feet 6 inches; depth of hold, 12 feet; burden, 460 tons, new measurement.
      Oswego Palladium
      Thurs., September 21, 1865

BARGE ONTARIO. -- The machinery of the propeller ONTARIO, of the Northern Transportation Company's Line was taken out some months ago and placed in the new propeller LOWELL, of the same line. The hull of the ONTARIO was purchased by the Hackett Bros., and has been transformed into a barge. She cleared on saturday for Detroit, and will engage in the lumber trade. - Cleveland Herald, Oct. 3.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      October 4, 1865

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Lowell (Propeller), 21 Sep 1865