The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nile (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1844

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THE NILE. -- This new boat built at our wharves during the past season, by our enterprising fellow-citizen, O. Newberry, Esq. made a trial of speed on Thursday last. As some doubts have been expressed as to the operation of the engine of the MILWAUKIE in this boat, we are happy to be able to state that her speed exceeds the most sanguine expectations of the owner, and that the NILE bids fair to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest boat on the lakes.
Though not of the very largest class of boats, her superior arrangements and neatness of finish will insure her an unrivalled popularity. WEe are informed that the NILE will not be put on the route this autumn, but go at once into winter quarters. -- Detroit Adv.
      Buffalo Daily Gazette
      November 18, 1843

      THE NILE. - This new Detroit steamer is to be here on the 24th inst. The Advertiser says she is admitted to be one of the finest models, if not the best model on the lakes, and carries 650 tons, with a capacity for passengers and freight not excelled by more than one or two. As is the prevailing fashion, she has a splendid upper cabin, stretched near her whole length, which is upward of 140 feet, divided into large and spacious saloons and state-rooms, furnished and fitted up in the most costly and beautiful style, embracing all those little conveniences and comforts so rarely found, yet so much esteemed by the traveller; the whole got up with good taste, by her accomplished commander, Capt. Archibald Allen.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 19, 1844 2 - 4

THE NILE. - This fine new boat built by Mr. O. Newbury of Detroit, has at last made her appearance in our waters. She meets the entire expectation which has been formed of her, Capt. Archibald Allen an experienced officer, has command, and we cannot better the following from the Detroit Free Press, in regard to her dimensions:
The NILE is one of the finest specimens of naval architecture that has ever been launched upon our waters. Although not of the largest class of lake steamers, she is not excelled by any in her capacity for freight and her accommodation for passengers. The extreme length of the NILE is 190 feet; her breadth of beam 27 feet 8 inches; and her tonnage 650 tons. Her capacity for storing freight in the hold is from 1,600 to 1,800 bbls.
Upon her upper deck she has a splendid cabin, very wide, running almost her whole length, and capacious enough, almost, for a whole regiment to dine in. Connected with this cabin there are 30 large and airy state-rooms, with two berths each. Attached to the cabin, she has two elegant parlors. On the main deck she has eight large family state-rooms, three berths each, with a ladies' dressing room attached. She has also 94 berths in the ladies' cabin, with two elegant saloons attached. Her whole arrangements for passengers will enable her to accommodate 200 with berths; and she has large steerage besides.
The workmanship about the NILE and particularly her upper works, for the accommodation of passengers, has been done according to the good taste and judgment and under the eye and direction of her commander. It is sufficient therefore to say, that it is of the neatest and handsomest order, making her cabins, state-rooms, saloons, &c., with their rich carpets, mirrors, curtains and other drapery, look truly parlor-like.
In regard to her lower work, boilers, engine, &c., no money or labor has been spared to make the NILE a safe boat. Every possible precaution has been used to render her fire-proof about her furnaces, boilers, &c., and it is believed, with entire success.
The NILE is supposed to be of the best model for running. She is worked by a low-pressure engine, of sufficient power, it is believed, to make her speed equal to that of the fastest boats upon the Lakes.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 25, 1844 3 - 1

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Nile (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1844