The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
R. N. Rice (Steamboat), 6 Apr 1872

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Considerably to the astonishment of most everyone the stm. R.N. RICE, which wintered at Cleveland, put in an early appearance yesterday morning at her dock foot of Shelby St. It had been previously supposed that there was too much ice to allow of her getting up at present, and consequently her appearance yesterday was something of a surprise. She started from Cleveland about 10:00 on Thursday night, and arrived here a little after 6:00 Friday morning. She encountered but little ice on the trip, and had no difficulty in making good time all the way. Capt. McKay reports that Cleveland and surroundings are entirely free from ice. The RICE has received a thorough repairing, having been also freshly repainted, and now presents, a very trim appearance. Alexander Smith, formerly clerk of the NORTHWEST, has assumed that position on the RICE. Thos. Ryan is steward as of yore. Although much later than during some former seasons, the RICE was not so far behind hand as it was anticipated by most she must necessarily be. In 1871 she made her first trip on the 20th of March, being 16 days ahead of her present date of arrival. She will leave for Cleveland again this evening.
      Detroit Post
      April 6, 1872

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R. N. Rice (Steamboat), 6 Apr 1872