The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Erie Belle (Propeller), 1879

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The tug HECTOR, now owned at Windsor, is fast assuming the appearance of a passenger propeller. Her main deck is nearly laid, her staunchions are up and the rail nearly on. Guards have been built on each side, which give her about four feet more beam. In a day or two the framework of her cabin will be put up. Her boiler has been thoroughly overhauled by Messrs. Sesotel & Hutton, of Detroit, and is about as good as new. Her engine will also be overhauled. The HECTOR bids fair to make a better propeller than she was a tug.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, March 19, 1879

Steamer HECTOR. U. S. No. 11195. Of 107.46 gross tons. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

      The Canadian propeller ERIE BELLE, formerly the tug HECTOR, is expected to be ready to go on her route between Windsor, Amherstburg and Pelee Island on Monday next. Her upper works are all on, and the finishing touches to them are now being added. It is believed that she will make at least 15 miles an hour. Capt. Jacques Laframboise will command her; Frank B. Hackett will be mate; Henry Reaume, clerk; and Felix Jones, engineer. There is some talk of having her include Sandusky in her route.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, April 10, 1879


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Erie Belle (Propeller), 1879