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Helen Strong (Steamboat), 6 May 1845

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Capt. Strong's new steamboat, built at the Port of Monroe, is to be launched at the shipyard on Tuesday next, the 6th inst., on the arrival of the Cars from the West, her name then to be announced.
      This boat is 253 tons burthen, of very beautiful and perfect model for speed and strength, is to run between this port and Buffalo, and in her success and operations Monroe is deeply interested. - Monroe Advocate.
      Daily National Pilot
      Thursday, May 8, 1845

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      LAUNCH OF THE HELEN STRONG. - This beautiful new steamboat, of 253 tons, built by Captain G.W. Strong, at his shipyard in this city, under the immediate supervision and direction of Capt. Jones, as Master builder, was launched on Tuesday last, the 6th inst., in the presence of at least a thousand persons, including one hundred or more from Adrian, assembled to witness the scene, to many of them so novel, and to all so interesting.
      At 3:30 P.M.,being let down upon her ways, she gracefully moved off in her cradle, sideways, and quietly seated herself upon the bosom of the river.
      The HELEN STROND is pronounced by those capable of correctly judging, as a very perfect structure for strength and speed; and is much admired for beauty of her model.
      This boat is to be completed with all practicable despatch, and placed under the command of the accomplished Capt. Jones.
      And now, as we are informed, Capt. Strong and Jones are about to commence the building of another boat for the trade of next spring. - Monroe Adv., May 8
      Daily National Pilot
      Wednesday, May 14, 1845

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HELEN STRONG. - A new and splendid steamboat, built at this place during the past winter and spring, by Capt. Strong and under the immediate superintendence of Capt. Jones, as builder, is now finished, and is to leave here for Buffalo on Saturday next, to receive further decorations and suitable furniture. So far as we are enabled to judge, the model of the FELEN STRONG is of the most perfect kind, and if her engine answers as well as expected, she must be classed for speed among the quickest boats on the lake. Though not of the largest class of boats that touch here, yet for beauty and arrangement throughout, she is among the very first. Her ladies and gentlemen's cabins are upon the upper deck, and are seperated by folding doors, while for deck passengers her accommodations are equally convenient, a neat and comfortable cabin being prepared on the lower deck, and in the place usually occupied by other boats for the ladies cabin. The STRONG must therefore be a neat and pleasant boat for the traveller, as a cabin and deck passenger. She is 253 tons burthen, 143 feet in length, 33 feet between the guards, 20 feet beam, and draws about 4 feet of water when all ready for passengers and freight. As she is built, owned and controlled here, we may expect to see our citizens extend to her a hearty welcome, and a liberal patronage. The STRONG will commence her regular trips in a few days, under the
command of her builder Capt. Jones, who is an experienced seaman. - Monroe Advocate.
      Daily National Pilot
      July 1, 1845

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Helen Strong (Steamboat), 6 May 1845