Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bay State (Steamboat), 12 Jun 1849
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The following notice of this new steam palace we quote from the Rochester Democrat, of yesterday.
      THE BAY STATE. -This new and splendid boat, the largest and best appointed craft which ever floated upon the waters of Lake Ontario, left Ogdensburg yesterday morning, and will reach our landing at 2 o'clock this afternoon, on her first trip to lewiston. The BAY STATE is commanded by Capt. Van Cleve, a veteran in the service, who has for many years been a favorite with those who have had occasion to rely upon his skill as an officer. The opportunity will no doubt be seized by many of our pleasure seekers to visit the Falls, and to renew their acquaintance with Capt. Van Cleve. The boat leaves for the Falls, at six o'clock this evening. We advise all who desire to inspect this magnificent boat to visit the Landing this afternoon.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 13, 1849

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LAKE ONTARIO STEAMERS. -- We, clip the following complimentary notice of the splendid steamer "BAY STATE" on Lake Ontario, from the Rochester American. It is but justice to say that the other boats in the line, the " ONTARIO," "CATARACT" and "NIAGARA," having all been built within three years past, are equally fine vessels and are nowhere on our Lakes or rivers excelled in speed or elegance or accomodations for the travelling public. They are oflicered by gentlemen who never fail to exert themselves with a view to make the trip every way comfortable and pleasant for their passengers. For variety and sublimity of scenery, the route from Lewiston to Montreal, through the Thousand Islands and down the Rapids of the St. Lawrence, can not be equalled in the world:
      A MODEL STEAMER.-The new steamer BAY STATE, on Lake Ontario, is a model boat, and her Captain, Van Cleve, is a model commander.- Nothing can surpass the elegance and comfort of a trip on the BAY STATE. Her cabins are splendidly furnished, her state rooms are spacious,- the beds excellent, the table sumpuously covered, being creditable alike to the steward and cook, while to crown all, the quiet politeness of the officers leaves nothing undone for the gratification of passengers. Capt. Van Cleve is every inch a gentleman. Mr. Cooper, the Clerk, is also "a model." Citizens who desire to travel down Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, will find the BAY STATE a delightful conveyance.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Thursday, July 12, 1849

Steamer BAY STATE. Of 934 tons. Built at Clayton in 1848 by J. Oades. Owned by the American Steam Boat Company. Home port, Ogdensburg. Value $ 25,500. Class, B 2.
      Board of Lake Underwriters
      Lake Vessel Register, 1860
ATHENIAN. * Official Canadian No. 51693. Of 1,083 tons gross. Built at Clayton, N.Y., in 1849. Of 231 x 31 x 12. Became Canadian in 1866. DISPOSITION. -- Scrapped in 1876.
      * Formerly U. S. BAY STATE.
      Provisional List of Canadain Merchant Steamships
      [Inland & Coastal] 1809 to 1930. World Ship Society

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Bay State (Steamboat), 12 Jun 1849