Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Genesee Chief (Propeller), U10243, 1 May 1846
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NEW PROPELLER. --- The Rochester Democrat, of yesterday, says one of the most splendid propellers on the lakes is nearly ready to be launched at that place. She will be called the " GENESEE CHIEF," and will be furnished in a style equally creditable to the proprietors, and the city from which she hails.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wed. Morning, May 20, 1846 p.3

THE LAUNCH AT ROCHESTER.---The Rochester Democrat, of yesterday, estimates that over 4,000 people assembled to witness the launch of the new propeller GENESEE CHIEF, which took place on Thursday. The vessel is pronounced by the Democrat as being faultless in her model and appointments. Captain George Steers, of New York, master builder. The following are the leading dimensions of the beautiful vessel:---
      Length of boat...................... 144 feet
      Length of beam...................... 26 feet 4 inches
      Depth of hold....................... 9 feet 4 and a half inches
      Steerage cabin, 1st. and 2nd. class. 144 feet
      Upper saloon........................ 98 by 24 feet
      Upper saloon height................. 7 feet 4 inches
      Ladies saloon....................... 20 by 24 feet
There are 20 state-rooms, and berths for 75 cabin and 100 steerage passengers; but 300 steerage and 100 cabin passengers can be comfortable accommodated.
The CHIEF is intended as a commencement to the forming of a regular line of propellers between Rochester and Chicago, via the Welland Canal.
      Daily National Pilot. Buffalo
      Sat. Morning, June 20, 1846 p.3

Our Lower Lake friends appear to be going into the propeller line pretty extensively. -- Several have been built this season, and our Rochester and Oswego neighbors are peculiarly well pleased with the GENESEE CHIEF and the DELAWARE, well they may be, they are noble crafts.
      Daily Courier & Pilot, Buffalo
      Friday, September 4, 1846

Steamer GENESEE CHIEF. U. S. No. 10243. Of 441.79 tons, Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1867

Steam screw GENESEE CHIEF.* U. S. No. 10243. Of 429 tons. Built Carthage, N.Y., 1846. First Home port, Rochester, N.Y.
      * Rig changed to barge Sept. 5, 1868
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      Lytle - Holdcamper List. 1790 - 1868

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Genesee Chief (Propeller), U10243, 1 May 1846