The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Illinois (Propeller), 1 Aug 1849

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PROPELLER ILLINOIS. - This is the name of a new propeller just finished from the yard of Messrs. Bidwell & Banta. She is one of the largest of this description of vessels, is 530 tons burden, and is altogether a beautiful specimen of naval architecture. Her engine is of home manufacture - built at the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, and the vessel throughout is furnished very tastefully, with the proper regard to comfort and convenience. The ILLINOIS is owned by Seymour & Wells, and Captain Dickinson, who will command her. An experimental trip was made yesterday afternoon; the result was entirely satisfactory, and reflects the highest credit on her builders. We hope she may prove a source of profit to her enterprising owners.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, August 15, 1849

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      A NEW CRAFT. - The propeller ILLINOIS has just come out from under the hand of her builders, Messrs. Bidwell & Banta, of this city. Her dimensions are:
      Length of keel . . . . . . . . . . 183 feet
      Breadth of beam . . . . . . . . . 27 feet 9 inches
      Depth of hold . . . . . . . . . . 11 feet 4 inches
      Burden Custom House, measurement . 533 tons
      Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . 18,000 bu. wheat.
The ILLINOIS is the largest propeller upon the western lakes, and of a most beautiful. She was planned and modelled by Mr. Banta and Capt. Dickson, and is a creditable specimen, in every respect of the naval architecture of Buffalo mechanics. Her engine, which is a powerful one, was built by the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, and is a beautiful piece of workmanship.
The ILLINOIS is owned by Capt. W. Dickson, and Messrs. Seymour & Wells, of this city. Capt. Dickson is to sail her.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, August 20, 1849

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Steam screw ILLINOIS. Of 530 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1849. Firsat home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION :-- Lost by collision with DEAN RICHMOND near Point Pelee, lake Erie, June 28, 1865. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1886

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Illinois (Propeller), 1 Aug 1849