Built 1856, at Buffalo, N. Y.
HULL, of wood, by Bidwell, Banta & Co.; 340 feet over all; 40 feet beam, and 18 feet depth of hold. Tonnage 1,860
ONE BEAM ENGINE, by Merrick & Towne, Philadelphia, PA., diameter of cylinder 76 1/4 inches, by 12 feet stroke
TWO BOILERS, by Buffalo Steam Engine Co., each 12 feet in diameter by 30 feet in length.
The Western Metropolis was built to run on Lake Erie, between Buffalo and Toledo, in connection with the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railway Company. She had iron paddle wheels, 38 feet in diameter, and could easily make 21 miles an hour. She afterwards ran out of Cleveland, but only for a short time, as about the year 1862 she was dismantled and converted into a bark, and as such, was able to carry 65,000 bushels of grain. Her engine, which had originally been in the Lake steamboat Empire State, was taken to the Atlantic coast and placed in a steamship, also called Western Metropolis. As a bark the Western Metropolis carried 5,000 yards of canvas, and during her short career was never beaten by any sail craft. She was lost on Lake Michigan in 1864.