The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Indiana (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1842

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THE TOLEDO. - This is the name given to a substantial, new steamboat, now in progress of building at Toledo, Ohio. She is to be of medium dimensions, 400 tons burden, similar to the CHESAPEAKE, and fitted up in the usual elegant manner. Her owners' names are new in commercial history, and that of her commander is in extreme dubiety.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser & Journal
      Thursday, March 4, 1841 2 - 3

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      Nothwithstanding that half the steamboat tonnage afloat on Lake Erie is by mutual consent disbanded and out of commission, individuals are found who will invest a further sum of $75,000 in stovk of this description. Our attention has been called to this subject by the announcement in the Toledo Blade, that a steamboat, to be named after that port, is now building there, of the following dimensions:
      Length Breadth Depth of hold Tonnage
      171 feet 23 1/2 feet 11 feet 450
      To be propelled by a low pressure engine of 100 horse power, and commanded by Capt J.T. Pheatt, formerly of the HARRISON.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser & Journal
      Thursday, March 23, 1841 2 -5

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It is with pleasure and with pride that we are able, this week, to announce the name of the noble craft, now about finished, which has been in process of construction in this city, the past year. She is to be called the INDIANA, of Toledo. A more appropriate name could not, in our opinion, have been selected. We hail this as another link in the chain that binds our Indiana neighbors to our infant and growing city. Well may that State be proud of the honor conferred upon her, by the naming of this gallant vessel. Proud, most proud, may the Hoshier boys be when they have an opportunity of travelling on the noble and faultless INDIANA. And now, reader, just step on board with us, and we will show you that what we have said before, of this floating palace, is true to the letter. Just step aft with us. Let's look into the
      Ladies' Cabin
This cabin is on the main deck, aft, and contains 12 state-rooms, 3 berths in each room, part of them are double. From this cabin a flight of stairs will take you into the Ladies' Saloon, on the Promenade deck, a spacious room, 26 x 18 feet, and from which you enter the
      Gentlemens' Cabin
This cabin is 100 feet long, and 14 feet wide, with state-rooms on either side amounting in all to 30, 2 berths each, with doors on both ends. Forward of this cabin is the Gentlemens' Saloon, 17 x 26 feet, the largest of any on the lake.
      Steerage Cabin
This cabin is below her main deck aft, under the Ladies' cabin, and is very large and commodious, containing 50 berths. Forward of the wheel are 6 steerage state-rooms, suitable for whole families of emigrants.
This ends her accommodations for passengers; and reader, is she not 'all boat? So say all of our Lake cruisers who have seen her, and so say we. Aye, and we say, without fear of contradiction, that she cannot be surpassed either in beauty of finish or in her superior arrangements for the accommodation of the traveller. We give her dimensions as follows:-
      Length of keel............................. 172 feet
      Breadth of beam............................ 26 feet
      Depth of hold.............................. 11 feet 6 inches
      Extreme width of boat, including a guard.... 50 feet
Tonnage between 500, and 600 tons. Her hold is capable of receiving 2,000 barrels. her hull was modelled and built by Capt. Church.---Her cabins and all her arrangements have been under the superintendence of our old friends, Captain I.T. Pheatt, than whom there is not a better sailor and more gentlemanly officer on our lakes, and by whom she is to be commanded.---One word more, and we have done. If any of our western or eastern friends, wish to make a pleasant trip across the lake, just get aboard of the INDIANA, and we warrant them a safe and expedious passage, under the guidence of Capt. Pheatt, and his officers.
      Toledo Blade
      April 22, 1842

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Indiana (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1842