The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nile (Steamboat), 4 Jul 1843

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New Boat.-- Oliver Newberry, Esq. of Detroit--the "Old Commodore" who on land commands a larger fleet of his own than many who tread their quarter deck upon the ocean-- is about adding another sail to his squadron. He is now building a steamer, at Detroit, which is of the following dimensions: Length of Keel, 175 feet; of deck, 185; breadth of beam, 27; depth of hold, 13; extreme breadth, 51.
She will be called "The NILE," and is to be launched in May. Captain Archibald Allen, well known as a skillful navigator and a popular, agreeable man, is to sail her.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      February 2, 1843

Launch.-- Oliver Newberry’s new and splendid steamboat NILE, will be launched from his shipyard on Tuesday morning, fourth of July, at 10 o’clock precisely.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      July 1, 1843

The Launch.-- The whole city turned out on the morning of the Fourth, to witness the launch of the Steamboat NILE. The GREAT WESTERN was in from Chicago, and Capt. Walker invited the citizens on board that they might have to opportunity of witnessing the launch from the river. She presented a great and imposing appearance as she passed up and down the river, her decks literally crowded with beauty. The Launch which was to have taken place at 10 o’clock was delayed by some obstruction until after eleven, when she moved off handsomely amid the deafening shouts of the vast multitude, kissed her destined element as gracefully and gladly as a bridegroom salutes his bride. She is a beautiful craft, and sets the water like a duck. We understand that she will be finished and ready for service by the first of September.
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
      Thursday, July 6, 1843

The large and beautiful stm. NILE now building by our enterprising fellow citizen, Oliver Newberry, will be launched on the 4th of July, next at 10:00 A. M. It will be a splendid sight, and those desirous of witnessing it will need be promptly on the spot, as it will take place precisely at the time designated. --- Detroit Adv.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 4, 1843

The NILE.--This new boat, build 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 doutbs have been experessed as to the operations of the engine of the MILWAUKEE in this boat, we are happy to be able to state that her speed exceeded 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 of neatness of finish will insure her unrivaled popularity. We are informed that the NILE will not be put on the route this autumn, but go at once into winter quarters,
      Detroit Daily Advertizer
November 11, 1843

Steam paddle NILE. Of 642 tons. Built Detroit, Mich. 1844. First home port, Detroit. DISPOSITION:-- Lost by stranding near Milwaukee Sept. 9, 1850, raised and refloated; stranded while under tow and burnt Oct. 3, 1848.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Nile (Steamboat), 4 Jul 1843