The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary A. Carpenter (Canal Boat), 28 Aug 1909

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The new canal boat MARY A. CARPENTER, built for captain Albert Carpenter at Riley's Boat yard, foot of Mechanic Street, was launched at 10 o'clock this morning in the presence of a crowd of marine men. She is 100 feet long with 18 feet beam and 12 feet high, capable of carrying 15,000 bushels of grain.
"There is quite a demand for canal boats just now," said Thomas Riley, builder of the boat. "We have orders for two other boats and expect to turn them out at the rate of one a month. The boats we are building now are designed so that they will be useful on the new barge canal. They are built about 12 feet high, whereas the old style boats were only eight or nine feet. "We are also building a drill boat for the Empire Engineering Corporation of New York, to be used in the harbor improvements."
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 28, 1909

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Mary A. Carpenter (Canal Boat), 28 Aug 1909