The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lillie Smith (Propeller), 1 Jul 1888

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The new steam barge owned by George E. Smith was successfully launched on Saturday afternoon last. Over three hundred people from the town and vicinity assembled to witness the launch. Everything being ready at one o'clock exactly, as she began to move down the ways, Miss Lillie Smith performed the christening by breaking against the bows of the vessel the usual bottle of champagne, and at the same moment up went a white banner on which her name appeared in crimson, "LILLIE SMITH." The tug EAGLE at once towed her to the river to receive her machinery and some other fittings. The town presented Capt. Smith with a handsome flag in honor of the occasion. Great credit is due Mr. Rhody, the designer and builder, for the successful accomplishments of his work. It is hoped that it will turn out to be a profitable investment for Mr. Smith, who is one of the most enterprising and genial men in Southampton.
      Port Elgin Times
      August 2, 1888

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Lillie Smith (Propeller), 1 Jul 1888