The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
America (Propeller), 1 Apr 1863

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A new propeller, named AMERICA, built by Mr. Shickluna, of St. Catharines, for Norris & Neelen of the same place, was launched during the present week. Her dimensions are 145 feet over all, 12 feet hold, 26 feet beam. Her tonnage is 425 tons, and her coast is from $25,000 to $30,000.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 2, 1863

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Launch - Mr. Shickluna, of St. Catharines, launched a fine propeller on Wednesday last. She is named the "AMERICA" , and is the fifth propeller built by Mr. S.. Her dimensions are: length 145 feet overall; 26 feet beam; 12 feet hold; and 400 tons burden, carpenters measure.. The cylinder, 30 by 31, and her horsepower, 240. The engine and boiler were
built by Mr. G. N. Oille, of St. Catharines, the first being designed by Mr. Dean of the Welland Railway. She is owned and built for Messrs. Norris & Neelon, of St. Catharines and will be commanded by Capt. Parrot.
      Hamilton Evening Times
      May 4, 1863

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America (Propeller), 1 Apr 1863