Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sea Bird (Steamboat), 10 May 1859
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The new steamer. SEA BIRD, built by E.B. Ward at Newport, came down Sunday evening, and will leave today to take her place on the Buffalo and Cleveland line. She is a fine boat, having the engines of the SAM WARD, and is about the size of the MAY QUEEN.

      A new steamer called the SEA BIRD came down the river on Sunday, on her experimental trip, and is now at our docks. She was built by E. B. Ward at his shipyard at Newport, and is designed for the route between Cleveland and Buffalo. Her equipment's are complete, and, as she has been built with express reference to this route, she is probably strong and sea worthy. Her length is 210 ft., and she has an engine of full capacity. She will be commanded by Capt. C.C. Blodgett, formerly of the OCEAN, and will take her place in the line immediately.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 10, 1859

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THE NEW STEAMER. -- The new steamer SEA BIRD, to take the place of the FORESTER, in the Cleveland and Buffalo Line, was to have arrived this morning at half-past eight, and making her regular trips, on alternate days, between the two cities.
      The following are the SEA BIRD'S dimensions: Length, 210 feet; breadth of beam, 27 feet; depth of hold, 11 feet 6 inches. The engine is one of the best afloat, of 44 inch bore, and 10 feet stroke. She was built with special reference to strength, safety and comfort, and will be found entirely adequate to all sorts of heavy weather. The cabins are spacious and elegantly furnished, and the state-rooms have clean and comfortable beds, fine carpets and other conveniences. Her model is a superior one, and in machinery, build, appointments and ornamentation she is a first class boat. The barber shop is a particularly nice little affair.
      Capt. C. C. Blodget, widely and favorably know as captain of the OCEAN, will command the SEA BIRD.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      May 12, 1859

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Sea Bird (Steamboat), 10 May 1859