The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oregon (Steamboat), 18 Jun 1845
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The OREGON - This new steamboat is now nearly completed, on the St. Clair River, and will be out by the first of July. She is to be commanded by Capt. Randall, formerly of the WISKONSAN. We learn from those who have seen her that she is a beautiful specimen of naval architecture; and that no pains or expense will be spared on the part of her owner (Mr. Philips) to make her perfect in every particular. Capt. Randall has long been known on these lakes as a careful, skillful, and gentlemanly officer. It is his intention to have his vessel here by the 4th. of July, for the purpose of giving a pleasure excursion. As her dimensions have never been given to the public, we give them below:
      Length of keel, 200 ft.
      Length of deck. 230 ft.
      Depth of hold, 13 ft.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday, June 18, 1845

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      The " OREGON," Captain Randall's new boat. - This boat came into our harbor on Monday evening in an unfinished state, and took quarters up the Creek, preparatory to having the finishing touches put upon her by the carpenters and painters. She is one of the most beautiful modelled boats on the lakes, so far as we are able to judge. Her internal arrangements combine all the late improvements in the construction of steamboats, beside some which are peculiarly her own. She has a most spacious upper deck cabin, being 185 ft. long, same as that of the EMPIRE, and 2 ft. wider, which is to be finished and ornamented in the best style. On either side of this cabin are a range of spacious state rooms, with 3 berths each, and as large as small sleeping rooms ashore. On the main deck there are aft 2 cabins, for the accommodation of the steerage passengers and most excellently located they are for this purpose. She is of the larger class of boats, being of 800 tons burden. Her engine is of the double cylinder Leech Clipper, from Pittsburgh, of great power and strength, and capable of giving her a rapid speed, her wheels are 28 1/2 ft. in diameter.
      The OREGON hails from Newport, above Detroit, and is owned by Messrs. Phillips. Capt. Randall, the former popular commander of the WISCONSAN, is her first officer. We understand she will be ready in about 2 weeks, for sea, when it is proposed to give to our citizens a pleasure excursion.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday, July 9, 1845

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Oregon (Steamboat), 18 Jun 1845