The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
America (Steamboat), 8 Jul 1847

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THE AMERICA. -- Mr. Philip's new boat, the AMERICA, was launched at Port Huron on Saturday. The day was pleasant, and she glided gracefully into the beautiful waters of the St. Clair. When finished, this boat will probably be unsurpassed by any on the lakes, as regards speed, safety, and comfortable accommodations. She will be out in August or early in September. May she prove a profitable investment to her gentlemanly and enterprising owner. -- Det. Adv.
      Cleveland Weekly Herald
      Wednesday, June 30, 1847

      "The first village of any considerable size, above Detroit, is Newport. It is a place of much activity - having of late embarked much in the steamboat and ship building business. Within a few years past, many craft of the first class have been turned out here.
      Capt. Philips has recently launched a new boat here called the AMERICA. She is to be a magnificent craft of 2,100 tons burden, 240 feet in length, 34 breadth of beam, 13 1/2 depth of hold; extreme length of deck 58 feet [258 ?], water wheels 35 feet in diameter, 16 1/2 feet buckets, cylinders 30 inches in. diameter, 14 feet stroke, with seven large boilers. The engine was built at the Franklin Foundry of Oatman & Shields, Cincinnati, and is of great power. The AMERICA is designed for great speed, and is to be finished and furnished in the modern style. Her proprietor intends to carry 'the broom,' but he will have to do his best to get ahead of some now already afloat." - [part of article]
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 8, 1847

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THE NEW STEAMER AMERICA. -- This mammoth and beautiful vessel passed down yesterday on her way to Buffalo to receive her furniture and finishing touches. She is decidedly the most graceful and buoyant setting vessel in the water we have ever seen, and if not destined to become the fastest boat afloat, we venture to say will keep up with the fleetest. An unusual good taste has been exercised in her construction throughout, combining durability, convenience and beauty. Her model is a perfect gem, and while gracefulness and beauty have been studied, every timber put into her is of the solid, substantial kind and secured in the strongest manner. Over five and a half tons of iron were used in the construction of her wheels.
      One important feature is to be introduced into this vessel, and that is the lighting is by gas made on the boat. This in itself is entirely original, and cannot fail to produce a splendid effect. To see a hundred gas burners giving forth their dazzling brightness through the long cabins will give the scene more the appearance of a fashionable drawing room in Broadway than the saloon of a floating steamer. --- Detroit Free Press, Monday.
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, October 13, 1847

      The Steamer AMERICA. - This magnificent steamer is undergoing important changes, and in addition to her strength and facilities for accommodation of the public, Capt. Philips is now engaged in making two magnificent arches, spanning near two hundred feet from bow to stern, over the entire wheel houses, which must add greatly to her strength. She is also being renovated and repainted in splendid style, and will be ready for action in about two weeks. --- Detroit Adv.
      The Daily True Democrat
      Tuesday, April 10, 1849
Steam paddle AMERICA. Of 1,083 tons. Built Port Huron, 1847. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION:- Lost 1854 by stranding at Pelee Island, April 5, 1854. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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America (Steamboat), 8 Jul 1847