The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit (Propeller), 4 May 1845

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The new propeller DETROIT, built for Messrs. Lawson, Howard & Co. of this city, was launched yesterday afternoon from the shipyard of Mathew Gooding, Esq. She went off beautifully, but a little in advance of the hour; by which operation, our excellent friend Gooding, whose go-aheadism always puts him en avant, deprived us of a fair sight.
      The DETROIT is of 290 tons burthen, 128' 8" length of deck, 125' keel, with an upper main cabin 40 ft. in length, for cabin passengers and 80 ft. for steeragers. She is of a fine model and built in the most substantial style, of which fact the well known reputation of Mathew Gooding, the master builder, is sufficient guaranty.
      The engine was manufactured at the Detroit Iron Co. foundry; the boiler by John Robinson, all of this city. Now we have a Detroit propeller, and on of which the City of the Straits need not be ashamed. The best luck to her. - Detroit Adv., May 2.
      Daily National Pilot
      Monday, May 5, 1845

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Detroit (Propeller), 4 May 1845