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THE "ABERT" - This craft which secured a lodgement upon the banks of this ship canal, during the great gale last fall, is undergoing an overhauling preparatory to being relaunched and brought into service. She has been re-baptized and is now called the U. S. Steamer SURVEYOR. Various alterations are being made in her machinery. Sidewheels, working perpendicularly, instead of horizontally, have been put on and her engine raised to the same position and made to work in the same manner as that of the MICHIGAN, it having been found impracticable to do anything with Lieut. Hunter's plan. False sides have been put on, giving her greater strength and breadth of beam, and a new coat of paint has been given to her inwardly. The SURVEYOR is commanded by Captain F.P. Billings, as sailing master, and Thomas Smith goes on board as first engineer. It is understood that she is to be launched some time next week, and be ready for service on or about the middle of June. The crew are on board, fitting rigging, painting &c., under the orders of Captain Billings.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Thursday, May 15, 1845

The old side-wheel steamer SURVEYOR, which was built at Buffalo time of the freshet some thirty-three or thirty-four year ago, is lying at the government dock.
      Cleveland Herald
      May 15, 1876

      The U. S. Steamboat SURVEYOR, (late ABERT) was launched on Saturday last. She is commanded by our friend Capt. Billings and will be ready for service in a few days.
      Daily National Pilot
      Monday, May 26, 1845

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      The steamer SURVEYOR, connected with the U. S. Survey service, is about to bid farewell to these waters, to assume duties on Lake Ontario, where she will probably remain the remainder of her time. She is an iron steamer, and, being a sidewheeler, will necessitate the removal of one of her wheels in order to pass through the Welland Canal. The SURVEYOR was first called the ABERT, and commenced duty on the lakes in 1843, having been built at Buffalo. During the terrible gale on the 18th day of October, 1844, she was cast high and dry into one of the streets of Buffalo, but was got off without damage. In October 1846 she rode out a gale at Kelley's Island while other craft had to seek refuge elsewhere. Throughout her thirty years of service on the upper lakes she has successfully encounted all storms with which she had to contend, and now that she is to leave us, we part with regret. The U. S. Survey Steamer SEARCH is to be immediately laid up.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 28, 1874

      The steam ferry JULIA will be ready for business at St. Clair in about three weeks, until then the MARY MILLS will do the ferrying.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, March 14, 1878
The steam ferry JULIA owned by C. McElroy of St. Clair, commenced running between St. Clair and Courtright Monday. She is the former U.S. SURVEYOR.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, April 11, 1878

Steam paddle JULIA. U. S. No. 75987. Of 102.59 tons gross; 51.30 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y. in 1847. Home port, Sheboygan, Wis. 100.0 x 18.2 x 8.2 Of 100 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885 & 1886

      NOTE: The JULIA was "NOT" listed in the Merchant Vessel List 1871, but appears in the 1884, 1885 & 1886 version, but not in the Iron or Steel section. Her number suggests she was registered as a merchant vessel in about 1878, [i. e. Jerome B. King, U.S. No. 75988. Built at Green Point, N.Y. in 1878.]

Steam screw [?] ABERT.* Built Buffalo. Of 184.7 gross tons.
      * Renamed JULIA - U. S. - Probably U. S. 75987 [ sometimes called COL. ABERT.]
      Herman Runge List
Steam paddle COL. ABERT.* U. S. No. 75987. Of 102 gross tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1844. 100.0 x 18.2 x 8.2.
      * Renamed SURVEYOR - U. S. - 1845
      JULIA - U. S. - 1878
      SEARCH - U. S. - [ abandoned/sunk Sheboygan 1888]
      Herman Runge List

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Search (Steamboat), U75987, 1845