SHIP BUILDING AT BUFFALO.
Our ship yards present an appearance of great activity at present, and the construction of steamboats and vessels for the lake trade are pushed with an energy and enterprise that gives great promise to this important branch of business in our city. The present winter, has been highly propitious for ship building, and our two yards will turn out in the spring, boats and vessels, affording an aggregate of three thousand tons!
Messrs. Bidwell & Banta have now on the stocks and finishing two steamers, one brig and three schooners.
The steamer BALTIC, which is building for M. Kingman, has been launched and is in a good state of forwardness towards completion. She will be a first class boat, of 825 tons burthen. Is of splendid model, and her style of finish to be equal to the most elegant of our lake fleet. She will be placed under the command of Capt. A.T. Kingman, and enter the Chicago line in the spring, with the best of prospects.
Her appointments are all judiciously made. Mr. Sandford, the former, popular clerk on the CONSTITUTION, will have that department, and Mr. Wormley, than whom, none knows better how to provide for the wants of passengers, will go as Steward.
Capt. Richard Liddlets boat, the DIAMOND, of some 300 tons is now on the stocks, nearly ready to be launched. She is a gem of a craft, and when afloat will be among the finest specimens of lake steamers. She is intended for the coasting trade between this port and the port of Barcelonia, and will make her trips by daylight. Her engine
is of Pittsburgh manufacture and of such power as will give her speed equal to any emergency.
A brig of 250 tons is on the stocks, for Mr. William Buckley and Capt. Dimmick.
A schooner of 240 tons for H.M. Kinne.
A schooner of 240 tons for Mr. P. Short.
One of 180 tons for the builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta.
At the ship yard of Capt. F.N. Jones, the following vessels are in a good state of forwardness and will be afloat in the spring.
A schooner of 250 tons for Mr. Samuel T. Atwater.
A schooner of 230 tons for Messrs. Fleeharty & Warren.
A schooner of 220 tons for Messrs. Joy & Webster.
A schooner of 260 tons for George B. Walbridge, and Capt. B. Trowbridge.
A schooner of 260 tons for the builders, Capt. F.N. & J.M. Jones.
These boats and vessels will form a very important accession to the commerce of the lakes, and yet the prospect for business increases, so as to justify those who are concerned in making the investments.
The steamer HENDRIK HUDSON, owned by H.M. Kinne, and Capt.Jones, her popular commander, came out last fall in an unfinished state, and made a trip to the Upper Lakes. She now lies at the foot of Main Street and is receiving a splendid upper cabin, whose finishing touches will be made by the Millers. When completed, she will be among the first boats in point of splendor, accommodation and speed. When she is perfect we shall show her up as she deserves.
Capt.G.Appleby's new steamer, the SULTANA, lies near the foot of Michigan Street, where the mechanics and artisans are bringing her to a state of perfection, unexcelled by the most magnificent of our nobel fleet of steamers. She is a splendid craft, and when in commission will take her place in the front rank.
Capt. H. Whittaker is preparing the A.D. PATCHIN for spring trade, and she will be ready for an early navigation,in prime condition for business.
Morning Express, Buffalo
Wednesday, february 17, 1847