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Alcona (Propeller), 9 Jul 1878

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LAUNCH OF THE ALCONA. - The new steam barge built by Messrs. Linn & Craig at Gibralter was launched yesterday afternoon, and christened the ALCONA, the name being derived from a small town on the upper western shore of Lake Huron. It had been announced that the launch would take place at 3 o'clock, but it was no until 20 minutes before 6 o'clock, that she slid gracefully into the water, stern first, without a break or flaw to mar the occasion. The OLCANA will rate as an A 1 vessel in every particular. Her dimensions are: Length of keel, 185 feet; overall, 200 feet; beam, 34 feet; depth of hold, 16 feet. She will have capacity for from 55,000 to 60,000 bushels of wheat. Her rail is 2 feet 6 inch above the deck, and the space between it and the deck, is of solid plank. She has three spars, each with a topmast. Her boiler is the one formerly in the propeller, now barge, WENONA. For some time past it has been at Desotel & Hutton's shops in the city being overhauled. Her machinery, now partly in position, was built at the Frontier Iron Works in this city. She will be towed here today or tomorrow to receive her boiler and have her engine set up. As the boat is now, she draws 4 feet 6 inches forward and 6 feet aft. Her wheel is about 10 feet across. The keel was laid on January 15 last. She is owned by the Alpena Transportation Company, and will hail from Detroit.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Wednesday, July 10, 1878

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THE ALCONA'S ENGINES. -The engines to be placed in the new steam barge ALCONA are the ones formerly in the propeller, now barge, WENONA. They have been thoroughly overhauled at the Frontier Iron Works, of this city, and so well has its work been done that a new cylinder would almost make them new. They are low pressure, and were altered from oscilating to direct acting. The entire frame is new, also the bed plate. The cylinder is 51 inches bore and 44 inches stroke. The shaft is 24 feet 6 inches in length, and turns a ten foot wheel.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, July 11, 1878

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Gibralter, Mich., July 10. -- The new propeller ALCONA was launched from the ship-yard at this place yesterday afternoon. She is owned by the Alpena Transportation Company (Bewick, Comstoke & Co. is the firm name). She is A 1 in every respect - 185 feet keel, 54 feet beam, and 16 feet in shoalest place. She is planked solid up to the rail. From the deck to the top of the rail she is 2 feet 6 inches. She is diagonally braced with heavy iron straps, extending from stem to stern and from the shear streak below the turn of the bilge. She was built by Linn & Craig.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      Friday, July 12, 1878
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Desotell & Hutton have thoroughly repaired a boiler for the new propeller ALCONA, launched at Gibralter lately, and have also made a new steel one for a boat now building at St. Clair for Cleveland parties.
      Detroit Free Press
      Friday, July 12, 1878
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The new propeller ALCONA built by Messrs. Linn & Craig at Gibralter was tested Saturday and proved entirely satisfactory.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 19, 1878

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Alcona (Propeller), 9 Jul 1878