City of Buffalo (wooden)

1857                                      City of Buffalo                              1866

Wooden sidewheel Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Buffalo NY by Bidwell & Banta

340’ LOA, 40’ beam, 30’ depth
1 deck, coal-fired low pressure vertical beam engine,

Enrolled at Detroit MI July 23, 1857 (#94)
331’2” x 40’ x 15’8”, 2026 21/95 tons     to:
Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana Rail Road Co.,  (home port Monroe MI)

In service between Buffalo NY and Toledo OH with strs. Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana

Laid up late in the 1857 season because of the Panic of 1857.  By the time the economy recovered, the railroad lines had been completed around the lower end of Lake Erie and the large vessels of her type were no longer needed.

Engine removed and shipped to New York NY for installation in ocean str. Morro under construction. 

Rebuilt 1864 to propeller
Remeasured to 329’ x 40’6” x 13’4”, 1742 75/95

Remeasured 1865 under Act of May 6, 1864 (new measuring rules) to 326.3 x 40.1 x 12.7, 1976.67 tons (to 2 decks)     US   

Burned July 30, 1866 at Buffalo NY.  Had arrived from Chicago July 28 with cargo of oats.  Arsonists set fire to the elevator at which she was unloading and was destroyed along with the vessel.







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