Long-distance delivery Detroit Free Press
October 7, 1878
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A novel craft made her appearance here to-day en route from Cape Vincent, N.Y., to Cincinnati, O. She is a light draught propeller, 103 feet long, with eighteen feet beam and five feet hold. As yet there is nothing of the craft but the bare hull, temporary sheds protecting the boiler and engines. The latter, two in number, are of the new double-acting kind, built at Lockport, N.Y. Each cylinder twelve inches bore and eight inches stroke, and there are two pistons to each cylinder, thus furnishing the double action. The craft was built at Cape Vincent by Mr. Chaffee, of Kingston, Ont., for A.M. Halliday, of Cincinnati. She possesses a very fine model, and is intended for a passenger packet. When completed she will be 110 feet long and 24 feet wide over all. Her wheels are of the screw pattern, four feet in diameter. The name borne by the craft is Sylvan Dell. She will proceed to Chicago, thence through the Illinois & Michigan Canal, and the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to her destination. - [Chicago Tribune

NOTE: SYLVAN DELL, US#115657, was 53 gt. By 1884 she was operating out of Pascagoula, Mississippi, on the Gulf of Mexico.