The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cataract (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1847

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The New Steamer.
      The CATARACT, Capt. Van Cleve's new steamer, visited this port for the first time on Sunday morning. She is a magnificent vessel, and is greatly admired by all who have visited her. We have not obtained her dimensions, but she must be something over 200 feet in length. Her upper saloon measures 176 feet.
      She is considerably longer and larger than either of the other steamers on the lake, and is fitted up in superb style. Her state-rooms are large and airy, similar to those of the North River steamboats, and elegantly furnished.
      But, we have no time, if we had a disposition, to puff her. Go and take a ride on her, as we intend to do the first leisure opportunity, and, if she is not in every respect just what a steamboat ought to be, just let us know.
      Success to the CATERACT, Capt. Van Cleve, and those gentlemanly officers, Messrs Cooper and Larkin.
      Oswego Palladium
      Tuesday, July 6, 1847

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Cataract (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1847