The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Champion (Tug), 6 Nov 1868

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The beautiful new tug CHAMPION, of Detroit, made her appearance in our harbor yesterday. She is said to be the largest steam tug afloat on fresh water. Her dimensionsare: Length over all, 146 ft.; breadth of beam 22 1/2 ft.; depth, 13 ft. She was built the present season by Campbell & Owen of Detroit, who are her principal owners. Her engines are direct acting, with cylinders 26 inch bore and 33 inch stroke. They possess some admisable features, particularly the construction of the steam drum, heater, and a novel arrangement for regulating the cut off. They were built under the immediate supervision of Mr. Thomas Murphy, the engineer of the tug. Mr. Murphy is temporarily detained from his post at present by sickness, and his place is ably filled by John McClellan, his assistant. The tug is commanded by Capt. John A. Holt. Her accommodations are of the most comfortable and tasty description. The state rooms for the officers are on the upper deck. The pilot house is perfectly water proof and is surmounted by a gilt lion, which is a very fine specimen of carving. The tug is thoroughly furnished with life boats, life preservers and all the appliances for ventilation, fire protection, etc. She leaves here with a tow consisting of the schrs. DELAWARE, CAMBRIDGE, WM. YOUNG, J. BIGLER, LONE STAR and bark HEMISPHERE. The first two go through to Saginaw, but the balance are to left at Erie.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      November 6, 1868 3-4

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Champion (Tug), 6 Nov 1868