The Buffalo was built in 1978 by the Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and has spent her entire career sailing for the American Steamship company.
She is powered by two 3,600 horsepower diesel engines built by the Electro-Motive division of General Motors. Her rated speed is 14 knots and she is equipped with both bow and stern thrusters.
She has a length of 634 feet and can carry almost 24,000 tons of cargo.
She has had two accidents. One time she passed the Jupiter on the Saginaw River. A suction from her caused the Jupiter to pull away from the docks and in the process a spark was created which ignited the fuel on the Jupiter. The Jupiter was a total loss.