Motor Pumping Engines Keep Steamboat Afloat
Three motor pumping engines, pressed into service as bilge pumps, kept afloat the passenger steamer City of Buffalo, owned by the Cleveland and Buffalo Transportation Co. of Cleveland. While leaking badly she made the trip from Cleveland to Lorain, O., and was dry-docked at the plant of the American Shipbuilding Company. The City of Buffalo plies between Cleveland and Buffalo. Enroute from Buffalo to Cleveland with passengers she suddenly sprung a leak of unknown origin. The steamer’s pumps were scarcely able to cope with the rising water. Hugging the shore line, the vessel reached Cleveland several bourse late. Her passengers were landed, and three gasolinedriven pumping engines, sent from the factory of the White Company, Cleveland, were placed aboard. With the pumps assi-ting the ship’s own pumping equipment, the steamer reached Lorain a few hours later.