The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hiawatha (Propeller), 8 Sep 1874

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A very handsome modeled steamer, built at Dresden, Ontario, for Capt. John Weston, of the stm. CITY OF DRESDEN, has just arrived at the Detroit Drydock Works for her machinery and other completions. We doubt much if ever a finer got up boat made her appearance, and all the results of 45 days labor. It is the intention of Capt. Weston to establish a lightning line between this city and the above port, and appearances would indicate he has gone the right way to work about it. This once consummated will prove an inestimable benefit to a business trade which will rapidly increase and be largely patronized, with no opposition from railways.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 8, 1874

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      There is at present in the upper dry dock a new propeller just completed at Bear Creek, which is intended for the route between Bear Creek and Sarnia running in connection with the stm. CITY OF DRESDEN. She is owned by Wesson & Co., and was built by Capt. Joseph Jenkins. She shows a handsome model, and is of the following dimensions: Length over all 100 ft.; beam 24 ft.; depth of hold 8 ft. 6 inches. She will carry a 7 ft. wheel, which will be driven by an engine 20 x 24. Her boiler is 6 1/2 ft. shell and 12 ft. long. She is called the HIAWATHA.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 11, 1874 3-5

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Hiawatha (Propeller), 8 Sep 1874