Queen of the West

1853                                 Queen of the West                            1863

Wooden sidewheel Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Buffalo NY by Bidwell & Banta
Launched March 12, 1853

1 deck, coal-fired boilers, vertical beam engine,

Enrolled at Buffalo NY July 11, 1853 (#105)
324’4” x 40’2” x 14’7”, 1851 30/95 tons     to:
Marshall O. Roberts, Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Sold 1853 to Dean Richmond et al., Buffalo NY

In service with near sister vessel Crescent City between Buffalo NY and Cleveland OH, for the New York Central Railroad, which had not completed railroad service between these cities.

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

Engine removed and shipped to New York NY for installation in an oceangoing vessel under construction.  The hull was scrapped later.






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