The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
E. K. Collins (Steamboat), 4 Jul 1853

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THE E.K.COLLINS. - The Detroit Free Press learns that this new steamer was launched on the 4th. of July, at Newport, intended for a passenger boat between Cleveland, Detroit and Lake Superior. The following are the dimensions: Length 256 feet; breadth, 32 feet 6 inches; depth, 12 feet 6 inches; cylinder, 60 inches in diameter, 10 feet stroke; wheels, 31 feet in diameter; tonnage, 1095. The builder was J.L. Wolverton, Esq., of Detroit. She is spoken of by those who witnessed the launch, as having a fine model and possessing the qualifications of making a fast boat. She was named by the Messrs. Ward, E.K. COLLINS, in honor of that distinguished merchant, who has by his magnificent ocean steamers reflected so much glory upon his country, and won for himself a name dear to every true hearted American. May she prove successful to her owners, and may her conduct, when breasting the waters of our great inland seas, be of such a character as those built by him whom she has, with so much propriety, been named.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Friday, July 8, 1853

Steam paddle E.K. COLLINS. Of 942 tons. Built Newport, Mich., 1854. First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPENSATION:-- Lost 1854, by burning at Amherstburg, Ont., October 8, 1854. 23 lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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E. K. Collins (Steamboat), 4 Jul 1853