The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Daily Gazette (Buffalo, NY), May 1, 1843

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LAUNCH OF THE STEAM PROPELLER HERCULES. - This boat belonging to the Messrs. Hollister, was launched from the ship yard of Carrick & Bidwell, on Saturday afternoon about half past four. She went off in fine style, much to the gratification of a large number of our citizens who had assembled to see her go forth into her destined element. Her length is 135 feet; breadth of beam 25; depth of hold 8. She is to be worked by Erickson's propeller, with an engine of 45 or 50 horse power. The HERCULES is of 275 tons burden, and is designed principally for a freight and passenger boat in the upper lake trade, in which line she offers greater facilities than many of the larger craft. From the light weight of her machinery, and the small quantity of fuel required, nearly her whole tonnage and room are available for the purpose of storage, and conveniences for passengers.

The HERCULES is to be commanded by Captain G.W. Floyd, well known "in these waters" as an experienced and thorough-bred seaman, and an accomplished and gentlemanly officer.

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William R. McNeil
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Buffalo Daily Gazette (Buffalo, NY), May 1, 1843