Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Illinois (Steamboat), 20 Apr 1841
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THE QUEEN OF THE WATERS. -- Our enterprising fellow citizen, Oliver Newbery, is repairing his floating palace, the ILLINOIS, in most splendid style. She is now being painted entirely anew in the most elegant manner.
She is to be commanded by Capt. Blake, who is emphatically the father of the lakes, for he has braved their storms ever since Michigan was a wilderness, and a man whoes knowledge of navigation cannot be doubted by anyone who has had the pleasure of making a trip on board a craft of which he was commander.
The ILLINOIS will be ready for navigation in a few days, and we understand she is to make frequent trips from Buffalo to Chicago, if not entirely employed in that trade. It would be a delightful treat to take a trip on board of her Through the lakes, and who knows but this justly merited puff may give us that pleasure.
The ILLINOIS is the largest boat ut one upon the inland waters of the United States.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 20, 1841

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Illinois (Steamboat), 20 Apr 1841