Chief Justice Marshall(Steamboat)
The March 21, 1825 issue of the Cooperstown Watch-Tower reported that the Chief Justice Marshall steam-boat started her maiden voyage from New York City to Albany and Troy on March 15, 1825. The article notes the boat had a barber shop and a reading room.
The freight journal for the boat’s first year of operation is owned by the New York State Library.
Transcript of article:
The New-York Spectator of the 15th inst. States that the new and elegant Steam-boat Chief Justice Marshall, Capt. Sherman, departs this afternoon, for Albany and Troy, on her first trip. – Captain S. commanded the Steam-boat Phenix, on Lake Champlain, for several years, and from our personal knowledge, he is well calculated to give general satisfaction to passengers.
After having observed the excellent and beautiful accommodations of the Steam Boats already on the Hudson River, we thought very little was wanting to render the accommodation for passengers complete. The Chief Justice Marshall, however, will vie with any boat on our waters, and to the ordinary accommodation for passengers, is added a large room on the upper deck as a reading room, where the papers from the Commercial cities are to be filed – There is a barber shop, and a very convenient room below, called the ”washing room,” where the water is let in from the river. In this room, bells are placed leading to the waiter’s and barber’s apartments. Another improvement we noticed, around the upper and lower decks, is a strong net work, which prevents the possibility of children falling over in their playful moments.
The article about the steamboat’s first trip reproduced in this slide is from the America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922 database, which is available at the New York State Library.