The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hilton (Propeller), 3 Jul 1867

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The new propeller which was built during the past winter and recently launched near the middle bridge, is now lying at Merrill's dock awaiting her boiler, preparatory to clearing for her port of destination. She has been named HILTON, after one of the owners. She was built by Mr. Chelsey Wheeler for Messrs. John H. Waterman, of this city, and John M.K. Hilton and Horatio Hill, of Chicago, at a cost of $18,000, without outfit. She measures 120 ft. in length overall, 26 1/2 ft. wide, 7 ft 7 inches depth of hold and 166.28 tons, and is in every respect a substantial vessel, having 4 inch plank sides thoroughly braced and fastened. Her boiler is from the Pioneer Boiler Works of Thomas Steele, of this city, and is a first class boiler. The HILTON is intended for the wood and lumber trade in Lake Michigan, and will be used by the Chicago and North Western Railway Co. in transporting wood across the lake. As soon as her boiler is delivered she will be ready for sea. Willis Abell will be her master, and John W. Waterman engineer. - Saginaw Enterprise, 2d July.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 3, 1867

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Hilton (Propeller), 3 Jul 1867