The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 27 Jan. 1837, page 3

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A NOBLE SHIP--THE Illinois.--We are happy to learn that a new and splendid Steam Ship, far surpassing any thing that has yet been put afloat on our western waters, is now building at the Ship yard of O. Newberry in this city. We have been favored with the following description of the vessel.

Length of keel, 194 feet
" on deck, 200
Depth of hold, 13
Breadth of Beam, 30
Breath [sic] including yards, 60
Burthen about seven hundred tons.

She will be propelled by a low presure [sic] engine from the manufactory of James P. Allaire, of New-York, of the following dimensions:

Diameter of cylinder, 26 inches.
Length of stroke, 10 feet.
Diameter of water wheel, 23 feet

The vessel we are informed will be ready by the first of August next.

For the last season, the business on the Lake has far exceeded the capacity of the shipping, notwithstanding the great increase of the latter. The disproportion will be probably quite as great next season. At such a time the construction of such a vessel as the Illinois cannot fail to be equally profitable to the owners and the public, hs [sic] well as creditable to our city.--Detroit Advertiser.

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Richard Palmer
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Black Rock Advocate (Buffalo, NY), 27 Jan. 1837, page 3