Saturday afternoon the prop. HOLLAND, which has been altered from a freight into a passenger boat by the addition of cabin accommodations, made a short trial trip up and down the river. The improvements made on the HOLLAND cost some $10,000, and consist of an upper cabin, new furniture, a new freight hoisting apparatus, painting and repairing in general. The HOLLAND, which will run between Cleveland and Saginaw, via Goderich started on her first trip Saturday night from Ward's dock, foot of Wayne St.
Detroit Free Press
May 28, 1876
THE STEAMER R. HOLLAND. -- This newly rebuilt steamer made her first appearance in our harbor yesterday for the first time this season. For a few years she has been running in the Cleveland and Saginaw trade, and was the most regular in her time of any barge on the lake. During the past few months a perfect change has been made in her appearance, and she is now one of the most beautiful and complete passenger steamer that can be found on the lakes. An upper cabin has been put on, which has been furnished with staterooms of the most elegant character, furnishing accommodations for a large number of passengers. The furniture, carpets, bedding, and general outfit is of the best that the work of the most accomplished mechanics could produce, and has been the admiration of all who have seen her. Her machinery has been thoroughly overhauled, and her motive power is supposed to be equal to anything on the lakes. Her metamorphosis is complete in all respects, and as the passenger traffic is rapidly increasing between this port, the ports on Lake Huron, and the Saginaw Valley, all who desire will find a magnificent boat in the HOLLAND. The following are her officers: Captain, J. R. Jones; First Mate, George Tebo; Second Mate, H. Warwick; Clerk, C. S. Fisher; Engineer, W. Brake; Assistant Engineer, N. Goulett; Steward, W. Allen. The HOLLAND will continue to run in the same line. The agents here are Messrs. Sprankle & Son, 97 River street, and they are proud to have such a beautiful craft call at their docks, and will take pains to make it pleasant to all passengers who may desire to try their beautiful steamer.
Saturday, June 3, 1876
Steam screw ROBERT HOLLAND.* U. S. No. 110043. Of 423 tons gross; 339 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1872. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 156.0 x 30.0 x 11.4 Freight service. Crew of 12.
* Formerly steam screw - [a] ROBERT HOLLAND
[B] British NORTHERN QUEEN
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906