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Canadiana (Propeller), U207479, 5 Mar 1910

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At the yards of the Buffalo Dry-dock Company in Ganson street, the new $250,000 steel steamer for the Crystal Beach Line will be launched at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The boat will be an exact duplicate of the AMERICANA. The name will not be given out until she enters the water, when the flag bearing it will be unfurled. No general invitations to the launching have been issued, but all persons, especially those who sent in names for the boat, are cordially invited to be present. The Lake Erie Excursion Company, however, has announced that owing to weather conditions the yards are not a desirable place for woman and children. Mrs. Edward W. Smith, whose husband is a director of the Lake Erie Excursion Company and the President of the Buffalo Drydock Company, will act as sponsor for the new boat.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, March 4, 1910

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New Crystal Beach Steamer Successfully Launched at the Plant of the Buffalo Drydock Company.
A crowd that occupied every available bit of vantage ground around the plant of the Buffalo Dry Dock Company saw the new Crystal Beach steamer CANADIANA slide into the water at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon amid the tooting of whistles and the cheers that came from at least 2,000 throats.
It was the biggest crowd that ever turned out to a local launching in the memory of the oldest sea-dog, partly because of the fine weather and partly on account of the personal interest the people felt in the craft which is to carry them to Crystal Beach this summer.
The clocks had hardly finished striking 3 when Mrs. Edward Smith, Sr., wife of the president of the Buffalo Drydock Company, ascended the steps of a platform erected at the bow of the new ship. She was accompanied by several of her friends, officials of the Lake Erie Excursion Company and their guests. At that moment the noise of a score of whistles came from off in the direction of the harbor and the big crowd almost held its breath expectant of what was to happen next.
      Flag is Unfurled
Mrs. Smith stepped forward and laid her hand on the white nose of the boat. Then she went through the usual formality of christening, uttering the name "CANADIANA."
      For a few moments before she spoke dull thuds had come from below the ship as blocks were knocked loose. At the word there came a groan as the last hawser was cut and the CANADIANA slipped silently and gracefully forward on her side. She struck the water with a splash, and the crowd, unaccustomed to the behavior of a new-born ship, gasped as she rocked toward the dock. Then she righted herself and lay passive as if pleased with her new berth.
At that moment the flag on her bow was unfurled. It bore the one word "CANADIANA," and the name was greeted with cheers.
Among those who witnessed the launching were Capt. and Mrs. J. J. H. Brown, Mr. And Mrs. Harvey L. Brown, Capt. Hugh McAlpine of the steamer CITY OF ERIE, Mr. And Mrs. George A. Ricker, Mr. And Mrs. H. B. Rogers; Edward Smith, Jr.; Mr. And Mrs. Joseph A. McGuire; Alfred Wilson, reeve of Ridgeway, Ont.; Halton M. Morwood of Welland, Ont., and several officials of the Lake Erie Excursion Company.
      Manager Fisher's Statement.
General Manager Henry S. Fisher was unable to be present on account of his recent illness, but he gave out the following statement:
"Buffalonians ought to feel proud of the AMERICANA and the CANADIANA, which are the finest and largest excursion steamers on the lakes. They are constructed of steel and furnished with trimming tanks. The boats are therefore absolutely safe and a ride on them may be enjoyed by the most timid. Each steamer is fitted out with automatic fire and man-over-board signal stations distributed over the ship so that notice can be sent immediately to the captain and engineer in case of accident. The dancing decks are the largest on lake steamers, and the company has made it a point to furnish the best music obtainable. The 74th Regiment orchestra which supplied the music on the AMERICANA for the past two seasons, has been engaged for this year."
The CANADIANA is 216 feet long and has a 56-foot beam. Like the AMERICANA, she has six water-tight bulkheads. This equipment is practically an assurance of the boat not sinking in case of a collision. She has triple expansion engines and two boilers, 13 by 12 feet. The crew's quarters are furnished with bathrooms and the cabins are finished in mahogany. The CANADIANA will be decorated throughout by a well-known Buffalo artist.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 5, 1910

Steam screw CANADIANA. U. S. No. 207479. Of 974 tons gross; 427 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1910. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 209.7 x 45.0 x 15.8 Crew of 25. Passenger service. 1,100 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Canadiana (Propeller), U207479, 5 Mar 1910