City of Erie


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CITY OF ERIE, US.127242, Sidewheel Overnight Freight and Passenger Steamer built  in 1898 by the Detroit Dry Dock Co., Wyandotte, Mich as Hull #126. Launched  February 26, 1898 as a) CITY OF ERIE for the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co., Cleveland, Ohio. 330' loa- 44' w- 18' d; 2498 GRT, 1280 NRT.  Powered by a 2,200 ihp compound walking beam steam engine and six coal-fired Scotch boilers. Built for the run between Cleveland and Buffalo, N.Y. along with her older sister the CITY OF  BUFFALO. The CITY OF ERIE was a participant in the famous high stakes,  100-mile race against the White Star steamer TASHMOO from Cleveland  to Erie, Pa. The former won by only 45 seconds. The CITY OF   ERIE also made trips to Cedar Point and Put-In-Bay. Beginning in 1921 she ran occasional moonlight trips. From 1929 through  1938 she was employed on cross-lake   weekend service between Cleveland and Port Stanley,  Ontario. She was laid up for the last time at the end of the 1938 season at Cleveland. The CITY OF ERIE was scrapped in Cleveland in 1941 by the Otis Steel Company. -Picture credit: The Dowling Collection, UD-M Library-