The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nile (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1845

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The NILE, a fast and comfortable boat came in this morning quite unexpectedly as she was to have made her first trip from Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie, with a load of copper miners and their traps, destined to draw forth the mineral wealth of the lake Superior region. The ice in the river below the Sault was too firm and so she makes a trip, starting on Wednesday to Chicago, after which she fulfils her original intention.
The NILE has had timbers bolted on her sides, and planked over to give her more beam, and as the bolts pass through everything, they will add also to her strength. her cabins have been repainted, and refitted, with great taste, and she will resume her place among the first class boats. her captain is too well known to make it necessary to speak of him, and her clerk, Mr. Dayton, is always gentlemanly and accommodating. So many boats leave for Chicago on that day, that to wish them all a full load, would be like wishing everybody rich, so that we must be content with hoping that they may after a while make some arrangement by which at least our best boats may pay expenses.
The upper cabin of the NILE is well worth a visit, and we cannot doubt that those who travel on board of her will find all the enjoyment that can be looked for at this season of the year.
      National Daily Pilot
      Tuesday, April 22, 1845

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William R. McNeil
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Nile (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1845