The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1859

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p.2 Grand Trunk Ferry Boat

Some idea of the size of the ferry-boat Huron, built for the Grand Trunk Railway crossing at Sarnia, and of the energy displayed by the builders, Messrs. Knight and Jenkins, of Windsor, is completing her in something less than four months, can be formed by a perusal of the following figures, which we take from the Detroit Tribune:

Extreme length 225 ft

Breadth of bean over all, 53 "

Depth of hold 14 "

On her deck there are three railway tracks, each of which will accommodate six cars, and which can be adjusted either to the broad or narrow gauge.

In her construction was used -

Iron spikes and bolts 56 1/2 tons

Timber - Fitch Oak 166,000 ft. B.M.

- Square Oak 26,512 ft. cubic

Outside Plank - Oak 98,286 ft B.M.

Dock Plank, Pine 46,435 ft B.M.

Stringers, Beam, etc. 82,115 ft B.M.

The current of the river is to be the propelling power; the vessel being swung from side to side. The chain to be used for the purpose is 1850 feet in length, composed of 35 bars of iron 52 feet long, 2 1/4 inches in diameter, shackled together; each bar weighs 700 lbs, and the whole weight of the chain is 25,000 lbs.

Imports - Nov. 1st.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1859