The Washington made her first voyage in 1847.
The vessel was said to be "the first American Atlantic liner and also one of the
ugliest ships ever put afloat." (from Mail and Passenger Steamships
of the Nineteenth Century by H. Parker)
On her first eastward
voyage in June, written up in the Quebec
Morning Chronicle of 1847, she turned out to be slow and "rolled
rather than steamed along." The Illustrated
London News also wrote about the Washington.