The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Challenge (Propeller), 1 May 1853

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PROPELLER CHALLENGE.-- This fine vessel built during the past winter at St. Clair, arrived at our docks on Monday. The CHALLENGE is owned by H.M. Strong, of Detroit, and is one of the handsomest and best built propellers on the lakes. Her accommodations for officers and crew, are in the very best style, and judging by the number of berths in her cabins, and the length of her dining salon, she is calculated to carry a few passengers. The CHALLENGE is a fine vessel, and looks well in the water, and her machinery, finishing, &c., are in perfect order and reflects great credit on the mechanics of Detroit. She leaves tomorrow in her place, on the Buffalo and Chicago Line.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 25, 1853

Steam screw CHALLENGE. Of 665 tons. Built Newport, Mich. 1853, First home port, Detroit, Mich. DISPOSITION:- Lost 1853, by exploding at Cheboygan, Mich., June 22, 1853. Five lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      The Lytle-Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Challenge (Propeller), 1 May 1853