Banner Register: "To handle 100,000 packages of fruit every day for four and five solid months, to accommodate daily 15,000 passengers to and from Chicago on both divisions of the Graham & Morton line, means that Benton Harbor and Holland must have the best boats that are furnished on the lakes. It is conceded, however, that the Graham & Morton people were never better equipped in boats for the accommodation of the public both in freight traffic and passenger runs than they are this year.
"This company has in their fleet today but one steamer, the City of Chicago, that was on their line ten years ago. This boat has been so thoroughly remodeled and refitted that it hardly compares with the boat at that time.
"The advent of the steamer City of Milwaukee was a feature that for several years gave the Graham & Morton line the best service on Lake Michigan. Since the flagship Puritan was added to the fleet two years ago the Graham & Morton people have simply swept lower Michigan with their excellent service. The effort of outside parties to cause at that time a great steamship combine was worked hard and every effort to push the Graham & Morton line into the combine was made, but President Graham declared he would control his own business and the fact that his line now covers nearly every shore point from Michigan City to Grand Rapids is proof of the fact that the Graham & Morton line was a foe that the other lines feared.
"Benton Harbor's rapid growth, the added business that the fruit interests in Michigan has brought about has compelled this boat line to add another steamer this year that will outrank any thing ever run on Lake Michigan, not even surpassed by the Eastern and Western States, that ply between Detroit and Buffalo."
St. Joseph will share with Benton Harbor in the benefits afforded by the new steamer.
The Nautical Gazette, of New York, in a recent issue commenting on this new steamer says:
"Lake Michigan's fleet of passenger steamers will this season receive into its ranks one of the handsomest and most elegantly fitted sidewheel steamers that has been designed for traffic in those waters.
"The new steamer is the City of Benton Harbor and is being built in the yards of the Craig Shipbuilding company, Toledo, O. She is built for the Graham & Morton company and will run between Benton Harbor and Chicago. This new passenger boat is one of the most important of its character now under construction in the United States. Indeed but two others may be put into the same class with her. These are the Hudson river steamer C. W. Morse, now being finished at Fletcher's works, Hoboken, Ind., and the Fall river line building at Fore river.
"The City of Benton Harbor is 265 feet in length, 43 foot beam and 14 foot depth of hold. Her engines are of 3 cylinder compound type with cylinders 36, 50 and 50 inches in diameter by 84 inch stroke. The low pressure cylinder was the largest ever cast at the Craig foundry and weighs 23 tons. The steamer is to be supplied by four Scotch boilers each 13 feet by 14 feet.
"The total cost of this fine new steamer will be over $300,000. The interior embellishment and furnishings will be on a sumptous scale and the new craft upon completion will undoubtedly establish herself as one of the most noteworthy vessels that ply on fresh waters.
"The City of Benton Harbor and the steamer City of Chicago will make the regular runs on the Chicago-Benton Harbor-St. Joseph division. The City of Benton Harbor will leave here on the night runs and out of Chicago in the morning. The steamer City of Chicago will leave here in the morning. Arriving in Chicago she will be the 12:30 noon boat out of Chicago; arriving here, will leave St. Joseph every evening at 5 o'clock.
The new boat will arrive at Benton Harbor some time between June 1 and the 15. She will be under the command of Captain John Stewart while Nels Nelson will be first officer and H. J. Seaton the Purser; Ed Nolen will be the first Steward. The officers on the Holland will be, Captain, Will Russell; First Officer, Jay Redford; Engineer, C. L. Barroo; second Engineer, R. R. Oliver; Steward, Roy Sastine.