The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. W. Steinhoff (Propeller), 2 Jun 1874

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Yesterday afternoon the new stmr. J.W. STEINHOFF having on board a number of invited guests, departed from the wharf of Black & Young for a short trial trip The stmr. is owned by Capt. Steinhoff of Chatham, Ont., and was gaily dressed colors, carrying the British ensign at the stern and the American at the fore.
She was built expressly for the Detroit & Chatham trade, is very staunchly constructed, of a graceful model, and with elegant passenger accommodations.
The STEINHOFF, a screw propeller, motive power being furnished by an elegant an powerful marine, double oscillating engine built at Chatham. There is abundance of steam capacity, the boilers being large, and the consequent speed of the J.W. STEINHOFF is of the first order. Yesterday she made the run from Chatham to this city, 52 miles against a strong head wind in 4 1/2 hours. Her owner and master is saguine of her ability to make 15 miles an hour.
      The STEINHOFF will begin making her regular trips to Chatham tomorrow from Black & Young's dock, foot of Second St., with so elegant a boat and such accommodating officers the route must become a popular one, and as the trip cost but little, is rapidly performed, and is eminently a recreative one, it must commend itself to such as desire to spend a day away from the city in the most agreeable manner.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 2, 1874 1-1

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J. W. Steinhoff (Propeller), 2 Jun 1874