The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wiskonsan (Steamboat), 5 Apr 1844

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The WISKONSAN, which has been so long in the hands of our artisans and painters, is at length ready for service and will take her place in the line tomorrow. Those who wish to see wonders in the way of Lake craft will of course give Capt. Randall a call. She is a leviathan.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 29, 1844


      The WISKONSIN.-- This maginficant boat may be expected to-morrow morning, at 7 o'clock at the wharf of Gray & Lewis. She has been fitted up, we are informed, in a style in every respect corresponding with her gigantic dimensions.-- Capt. Randall, we are requested to say, will be happy to see the citizens of Detroit on board, to look and judge for themselves.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      May 1, 1844

      The WISKONSAN.--This leviathan of the deep, and certainly of the lakes, reached Detroit, yesterday, and proceeded for Chicago in the afternooon. Many of our citizens availed themselves of the kind invitation of Capt. Randall to visit and examine her. All were unanimous in their expressions of admiration, not merely of her vast dimensions, but of the finished beauty and elegance with which she had been fitted out in every portion, down to the minutest particular. We snatched a leisure moment to pass through her, and like everyone else were delighted with the singular perfection of all her arrangements and construction. But we dare not from so hasty a visit attempt to describe her, and shall be much obliged to any of our friends who saw more of her, and will furnish us with an accurate description.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      May 3, 1844


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Wiskonsan (Steamboat), 5 Apr 1844