The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lion (Propeller), 1 Apr 1855

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NEW PROPELLER AND TOW-BOAT.- The new tow boat LION - called so on account of her superior strength and power - received her boiler and engine on board today This boat was built by Wolverton, for the owner, Mr.Reese. The engine was built at the Locomotive Works, and is a very handsome piece of machinery for so small a boat. The boat herself, is one of the finest and strongest built vessels we have seen, and will stand any sort of a pull. It is calculated that the LION will be able to tow four of the largest lake vessels, in one string, against wind and current. - Detroit Dem. & Inq.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, May 3, 1855

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NEW TUG- The new tug propeller LION, built by J.L. Wolverton for Messrs. Lee & Bros. of this city, was yesterday taking on coal at the dock of J.E. Pitman & Co. She is to engage in the towing business, and starts out on her first cruise today. Her dimensions we have before given. her engine was built at the Detroit Locomotive Works, and is exactly like the one placed in the MARY STEWART, except that it is a little smaller. Its cylinder is 24 inches in diameter, length of stroke 38 inches with a 9 foot wheel. It is the second one of the kind on the lakes. Judging from the MARY STEWART the LION will be both strong and swift.-- Detroit Free Press
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Friday, June 1, 1855

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Lion (Propeller), 1 Apr 1855