LAUNCH. -- The new Southern Michigan Railroad boat NORTHERN INDIANA was launched this morning at the ship yard of Messrs. Bidwell, Banta & Co. She is a beautiful model and we look with pleasure to the time of her completion and taking her place in the line.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Saturday, March 20, 1852
LAUNCH. - The steamer 'NORTHERN INDIANA' was launched on Saturday morning, at the ship-yard of Messrs. Bidwell & Banta. Everything went off satisfactorily. She is the mate of the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN, both having been built at the same yard, the past winter. They are to run between this port and Monroe, connecting with the Michigan Southern Railroad. They are both first class steamers, and for speed, accommodations and style, will not be surpassed by anything that floats on Western Waters.
Buffalo Daily Courier
Monday, March 22, 1852
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THE NORTHERN INDIANA. - This magnificent steamer - the twin sister of the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN - has been completed and is ready to take her place in the line from this city to Toledo this evening. She is, also, from the extensive yard of Messrs. Bidwell, Banta & Co., and from the hands of the same carpenters joiners, cabnet makers and painters as the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN, differing in no respect from that boat, except in name. We will again give her dimensions and capacity - her length is 310 feet; breadth beam 37 feet; depth of hold 13 feet and 6 inches, and is 1,500 tons. She has three cabins; the main one is about two hundred and forty-eight feet in length, twenty-one in width, and fourteen in height. The ladies saloon on the main deck is sixty by twenty-two, and the dining saloon is ninety by twenty-four, and will seat from two hundred and fifty to three hundred persons, and has some seventy berths.
The following are the officers of this boat: Capt. R. Wagstaff - Mate, Mr. Mead - Clerk, E.Y. Morton - Steward, G. Saunders - Engineer, T. Fitzpatrick.
Of Cpt. Robert Wagstaff, the commander of this noble vessel, we must in justice say a few words. This gentleman is one of the oldest masters on our inland waters, and in days gone by, won for himself in the confidence of the public a widespread fame a capable and efficient officer, an affable, polite and courteous gentleman. In fine, few hold the high position enjoyed by Capt. W. A few years since, he entered the service and figured in the Mexican war; then he proceeded to California, and after reaping a goodly harvest, returned to his home to receive a glorious welcome from his froends of old. In the selection of such a man as commanding officer of one of the finest boats on our lakes, the Michigan Southern Railroad Company must be congartulated, and may rest assured that as long as Capt. "Bob" treads the quarter deck of the "NORTHERN INDIANA," she must ever be a favorite, and must win "golden opinions."
The Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana railroad line is now completed between Buffalo and Chicago. It is in fine order, and the cars are running with speed and punctuality. Now that the line of boats is complete, we cannot close without calling the attention of the public to the agent in this city, Mr. H.M. Kinne, than whom a better choice could not have been made. The public will always find him obliging, and ever ready to afford all information that may be required in regard to the boats, etc. With such elegant boats, such efficient officers, so capable an agent, prosperity must attend the new line of railroad.
Buffalo Daily Republic
Monday, May 31, 1852
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This new and elegant steamer, arrived last evening , making the trip as quick as either of the other boats in the line. She was detained several hours at Dunkirk by fog, and a little while outside, but her capacity for running will be fully equal to that of her twin the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN. We copy from the Buffalo Express the following description of her.
The NORTERN INDIANA the twin sister of the SOUTHERN MICHIGAN, a child of Capt. Edward's enterprise, made her trial trip yesterday, to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. She left the dock at 1:00 in fine style, literally covered with people of leisure who had selected that opportunity for a free ride. She swept into the lake, and with 13 pounds of steam made fifteen revolutions, parting the water with ease and grace, accomplishing some 15 miles per hour. After being outside long enough to test her capacity and the perfection of her machinery she put about and came into port again. The trip, short as it was, was made quite interesting by a splendid collation which called forth with, sentiment and song, and gave to the passing hour a cheerful and happy goodbye.
Toledo Daily Blade
June 2, 1852, p.2
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Steam paddle NORTHERN INDIANA. Of 1,475 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1852. First home port, Buffalo, N.Y. DISPOSITION: -- Lost by burning at Point pelee, Ont., July 17, 1856. 18 lives lost.
Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868