The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Imperial (Steamboat), 16 Sep 1878

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TRIAL TRIP. -- Shufeldt's new river steamer made a trial trip yesterday. The IMPERIAL is well built, has good machinery, and is well adapted to the business in which she is to be employed. The captain formerly running the TWO NELLIES (his name slips our memory) is in charge. A large party was on board, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves hugely. Mr. Shufeldt is a distiller, and the new steamer is to be employed in connection with the distillery.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Monday, September 6, 1878

The new steamer built at Miller Brothers' shipyard for Schufeldt, the distiller, was launched at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It was a side launch, and the bow started first, but she went into the water evenly enough, and the event was pronounced a success. There was a fair attendance of people, among them some fine writers from some of the newspapers, the later prepared to run into poetry describing the affair. When it became generally known that the new craft is designed and will be used for a distillery slop-boat, the poets winced, and word-painting seemed a mockery. She was christened the IMPERIAL, and succeeds the old boat of the name. She is well built and is just about as strong as wood and iron can make her. She is made more than usually strong, and is given more than the usual power, so that in the winter months she can break ice herself and get out into the lake to discharge her cargoes. The dimensions are: length over all, 110 feet; breadth of beam, 22½ feet; depth of hold, 9 feet.
The insurance people have looked her over and pronounce her A1. The cost, complete and in running order, will have been $40,000.
She will have two 16x20 engines and an Otis steel boiler, and a wheel 7½ feet in diameter.
Later in the evening Mr. Schufeldt gave a reception, at which there was some speech-making and a general good time. - [Chicago Times.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      May 22, 1884
Can't find a word about this boat. She may have been a rebuild of the 68 t. IMPERIAL (US#100270), originally built at Manitowoc in 1879 and registered out of Chicago on and off beginning in June, 1884.

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Imperial (Steamboat), 16 Sep 1878