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America (Steamboat), 13 Oct 1847

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PROMOTED. - Mr. Kelsey, the former Chief Mate of the steamer OREGON, has been placed in command of that excellent boat. This compliment paid to Mr. Kelsey was well merited, as he is a thorough seaman and a first rate fellow. Capt. Cotton is to take the command of Mr. Phillip's new boat the AMERICA, which will be out in the course of a week or ten days. - Express.
      Buffalo Republic
      Monday, October 4, 1847

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      Mr. Phillips' new boat AMERICA came in last evening from Detroit.
      Buffalo Republic
      Tuesday, October 12, 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 tone 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 it by gas made on the boat. This of 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 to the scene more the appearance of a fashionable drawing room in Broadway than the saloon of a floating steamer. - Detroit Free Press of Monday.
      Buffalo Republic
      Wednesday, October 13, 1847

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      NEW BOAT. - There is another new steamer afloat in our waters - another addition to our splendid lake marine. The AMERICA, Capt. Philips' new boat, arrived on Monday evening. She is yet in an unfinished state, and has come here to be completed and furnished. The following are the dimensions and size of the AMERICA:
      Length of keel . . . . . . . . . 240 feet
      Breadth of beam . . . . . . . . 34 1/2 feet
      Depth of hold . . . . . . . . . 14 feet
      Length of cabin . . . . . . . . 225 feet
      Width of cabin . . . . . . . . . 15 1/2 feet [?]
      Burthen, about . . . . . . . . . 1,200 tons.
      She has berth accommodation for some 400 passengers, in large and commodious state rooms. The finish of the main cabin is plain, neat, and in good taste - consisting of gold and white, without that elaborate and garish finish which has been adopted by some, and which set them off with much splendor. She is propelled by two horizontal engines, from the Franklin Foundry of Oatman & Shields, Cincinnati, of 11 feet stroke, and is designed for great speed. The arrangements on the main deck are such as to give her a more roomy appearance than any boat we have noticed.
      The AMERICA was built at Port Huron, and is owned by Mr. J.P. Philips, who, by the way, we understand, is about to take up his residence in this city. She is to be commanded by Capt. L.H. Cotton, well known as the popular first officer of the OREGON.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Wednesday, October 13, 1847

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Steam Paddle AMERICA. Of 1,083 tons. Built at Port Huron, Mich. in 1847. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION:- Lost 1854 by strandind on Pelee Island, Ont. April 5, 1854. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1870 to 1868

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America (Steamboat), 13 Oct 1847