The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 21, 1836

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New Steam Packet - We also strolled along the harbor, where the new mammoth boat, Buffalo, building at Carrick's ship yard, is in rapid progress. Her keel was laid some six weeks since, and she is now in frame, so as to give an outline of her new and beautiful model - somewhat resembling the boats on Long Island Sound. Designed for great speed, her shape, wedge-like bows look truly novel in the eyes of our western ship builders, but she is constructed on the most approved plan for that object.

The "Buffalo," when completed, will be a most splendid affair. She is exclusively for cabin passengers, and will be fitted up with some 200 berths - with ladies' cabin on deck, finished in state-rooms, and connected with a spacious saloon. She will measure 615 tons - will be 191 feet on deck, by 28½ ft.beam, 12½ ft. hold. Her engine will be one of great power, low pressure, made by Allaire, New York, with 56 inch cylinder and 9 feet stroke. It is expected she will make the trip between this port and Detroit, in from 18 to 20 hours, running time, - through in 24 hours, including stoppage in regular ports.

This superior boat - of which our city, whose name she bears, may be justly proud - is owned by a company of our own citizens, and will furnish what has long been a desideratian with the traveling world. She is modeled by Captain Church, and experience shipwright, and is building under his superintendence, by Mr. John Carrick.

It is intended to launch her by the middle of November, and have her in readiness for the opening of navigation next season. To be commanded by Capt. Levi Allen, whose experience and ability for that station are well known. Messrs. Barker & Holt, agents. - Buff. Journal.

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Democratic Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep. 21, 1836