The propeller BOSTON, just added to the Western Transportation Company's Buffalo and Chicago line, is of the following dimensions:-- Length on fourteen feet water line, 266 feet 4 inches; length over all, 280 feet 4 inches; beam, 336 feet; depth to main deck, 17 feetl to spar deck, 26 feet; registered tonnage, 1829 tons; displacement, 3,600 tons; capacity for cargo, 2,400 tons. She has two complete decks extending the entire length, and a lower deck for almost half the length, aft and hold beams forward.
The hold is divided into seven compartments by six water-tight bulkheads. The forward compartment is fitted with an orlop deck, and is used for storing the cables. The next four are for cargo. The remaining two are occupied by the machinery. The between decks is arranged for storing rolling cargo and merchandise. There are five gangways on each side and eight hatches. Each hatch is fitted with a hand winch and power hoisting gear.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June- August, 1880
Steam screw BOSTON. U. S. No. 3140. Of 1829.52 tons gross; 1669.90 tons net. Built at Wyandotte, Mich., in 1880. Home port Buffalo, N.Y. 263.0 x 36.0 x 15.0 Of 700 horsepower [nominal].
Merchant Messel List, U. S., 1885