Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Indiana (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1854
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THE STEAMER "NORTHERN INDIANA" -- This favorite steamer with be traveling public, comes out this spring thoroughly painted and gilded, and looking better than she ever did before. During the past winter, great improvements have been made, which render her one of the most comfortable and best fitted up boats on the lakes. In her upper saloon, some thirty of the state-rooms have been altered from single into double ones. Each of these rooms contain a handsome rosewood bedstead, and wide berth above, making a nice room for a family or party. In the after part of the same saloon, a stairway has been cut, by which passengers can descend through the ladies cabin to the dining saloon below. Two elegant bridal rooms have also been tastefully fitted on either side of the boat. Another improvement, which we noticed, and one which we believe to be an admirable arrangement, is the removal of the bar from the lower to the upper deck in the forward part of the main saloon. This room is comfortably fitted up, and we understand that henceforth this part of the boat will not be let out but will be retained by the owners of the boat, and a man placed in charge of it who will prohibit all gambling and card playing.
      Blowers have been placed in the NORTHERN INDIANA this spring which will greatly increase her speed. The officers of the boat will be Capt. I.T. Pheatt, an able and experienced sailor, and well worthy the command of such a model steamer. Mr. Webster, the Clerk, is a gentleman in every sense of the term, and thoroughly understands his business. Mr. Larkin, the Steward, has been too long and favorably known on the lakes to require any notice from our hands. For a great number of years he has had charge of this department of some of the beat steamers on the lower Lakes, where, until within the last two or three years, they were ahead of us in fine steamers. He is known far and near by the traveling community as a model steward, and a marked favorite. In his hands the passengers on the NORTHERN INDIANA will never suffer. To his good taste and fine judgment may be attributed the many important improvements and changes made in the steamer during the past winter, and so long as he remains in his present position will the NORTHERN INDIANA be the favorite in the line.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Tuesday, April 25, 1854

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Northern Indiana (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1854