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Superior (Steamboat), 12 Jul 1845

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We stop the press to announce the launch of the steamer SUPERIOR, Capt. David Wilkinson, which is building at our shipyard. She was launched today, about 3:00. She is of a beautiful model, as graceful as a swan, in fact she is everything which her name indicates, " SUPERIOR."
      We should be glad to give a more detailed account of her, but for want of time and room, we shall have to defer it till some time in the future. - Perrysburgh Miamian of the Lakes.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Thursday, July 17, 1845

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      The new steamboat SUPERIOR was launched at Perrysburg on Saturday last. The dimensions of the SUPERIOR are as follows:
      Length of keel 184 ft.
      Length of deck 195 ft.
      Breadth of beam 27 ft. 8 in.
      Extreme breadth 45 ft.
      Depth of hold 11 ft.
      Burden 656 tons.
      The model of the SUPERIOR is very beautiful, and she sits in the water as beautiful as she is modeled. It will be perceived by her dimensions, that she is of the largest class of boats, and we understand that it is the intention of her owners, to have her compare not only in size with the better class of boats but to have her workmanship and finish, compare with the best palaces that float the lakes. Indeed her workmanship thus far, shows, if we are any judge of mechanical skill and genius, (and her joiner work is progressing rapidly, most of it already being framed) that she will not be inferior to any boats that we have heretofore seen, if she be not "s u p e r i o r" to any that have before come under our observation. And there have been some splendid boats built at the foot of the rapids, too, within a few years past. This as any one will acknowledge who is at all conversant with steamboat building upon the lakes. Let us enumerate a few, for instance. There are the CHESAPEAKE, the WAYNE, the PERRY, the HARRISON, the St. LOUIS, the TROY, the propellers SAMSON and PRINCETON, and we know not how many smaller boats, besides a large number of schooners and brigs, all of which have been built at Perrysburg and Maumee, all of which when they first dipped their prows into the water, would well compare in model, workmanship and finish, with any other craft of like size that has ever been brought in requisition upon our great inland seas.
      But we are rather getting off the subject. We sat down barely to notice the launch of the SUPERIOR, Capt. Samuel Hubbell, is the master builder of this boat, as he has been of most of the other crack boats and propellers that have heretofore been built at Perrysburg, and Josiah Miller, Esq., is her master joiner, and when we say that her workmanship is under the superintendence of these gentlemen, no further guaranty need be assured, that everything about her will be done in a workman like manner. The SUPERIOR is owned by Capt. D. Wilkinson, who is to be her commander, and by his brother Judge Wilkinson, of this place. We learn that it is the intention of her owners, to place her in commission about the first of September. - Maumee River Times, July 19.
      National Daily Pilot, Buffalo
      Wednesday, July 23, 1845

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      THE SUPERIOR. - Capt. Wilkinson's new boat is approaching to completion as fast as a gang of workmen can expedite their labor. Capt. W. was very happy in the selection of the name of his boat. She bids fair to be SUPERIOR to any boat that has heretofore been built at the foot of the rapids, and there have been some splendid boats built here, both in beauty of model as well as finish. We notice that our friend Woodward is executing several paintings in the cabin of the SUPERIOR that look very fine. - Maumee River Times.
      Daily National Pilot, Buffalo
      Thursday, August 28, 1845

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Steam paddle SUPERIOR. Of 567 tons gross. Built Perrysburg, Ohio, 1845. First home port, Maumee, Ohio. DISPOSITION: -- lost by stranding at Grand Island, Mich., [Lake Superior] October 29, 1856. 34 lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Superior (Steamboat), 12 Jul 1845