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George S. Boutwell (Revenue Cutter), 26 May 1873

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ANOTHER NEW REVENUE CUTTER. - David Bell, Esq., is now engaged in constructing another new iron revenue cutter, according to contract with the Government for seventy thousand dollars. It is expected that the vessel will be ready for launching about next June. The construction of the cutter, aside from machinery, is under the general supervision of Lieut. Brann, of the revenue Marine Corps, who will remain here until she is fully completed.
      The burthen of the vessel will be two hundred tons, and when loaded she will draw but six feet of water. She is to be a fore-and-aft schooner rigged, without top-masts, and her armament will be two twenu pound guns. Her deminsions are to be twenty-three feet beam and one hundred and twenty-eight feet long on deck. The keel of bar iron, five inches by two inches; the stern of hammered iron, five inches by two inches; the stern-post of hammered iron five inches by two inches.
      Mr. Bell has won an enviable reputation through the great satisfaction he has given in the building of revenue cutters and iron vessels generally, and his knowledge of matters in connection with the business enables him to defy competition.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      March 7, 1873

LAUNCH. -- The new iron Revenue-cutter GEO. S. BOUTWELL, built by David Bell, Esq., will be launched at 5:30 o'clock this afternoon, from the yard of Mr. Bell, Evans Ship-Canal.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 26, 1873

      LAUNCH OF A REVENUE CUTTER. - The new iron revenue cutter GEORGE S. BOUTWELL built by Mr. David Bell for the United States government, was successfully launched at a quarter before six o'clock yesterday afternoon. She is decidedly a fine vessel and is another strong evidence of Mr. Bell's ability as a ship-builder, especially as regards revenue cutters. Her burden is 250 tons, and she is expected to show great speed. In seven or eight weeks she will be ready for service and will then proceed to the seaboard, Savannah, Georgia, being her intended station.
      Buffalo Evening Post
      Tuesday, May 27, 1873

      The New Revenue cutler " GEORGE S. BOUTWELLl."
The new revenue cutter GEORGE S. BOUTWELL, built for the U. S. Government by david Bell, Esq., at his yard in this city, was successfully launched yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of spectators. The time announced for the launch was half past five o'clock, and shortly after, the last support was knocked away, and the B0UTWELL rushed into the water with a roll and a plunge, quickly righting amid the cheers of the exclted spectators. This is the third cutter built by Mr. BELL. tho others being the HAMILTON and GALLATIN. The present craft is differently constructed in some respects from the former ones, and possesses some new features.
The length of the BOUTWELL is 140 feet over all; she 1s 22 feet beam, 7 feet 6 inches depth of hold and 253 tons burden. She was built according to plans and specifications sent from the Department at Washington, and under
thc supervision of Government officers. The machinery is under the charge ot Chief Engineer Joseph L. Reilley, of the Revenue Marine Corps. he cutter will be propelled by twin-screw, operated by vertical engines, of different sizes, each complete with valve gear and pumps, and connected, independently of one another, to one of the propellers, so
that either may be operated in either direction by using steam direct from the boiler, thus enabling the vessel to be turned almost as if on a pivot. The larger engine may also receive steam from the smaller through an intermediate chamber. The two form a compound engine, in whlcb the high and low pressure engines are seperately applied to
give motion to different propellers. The cyllnders are respectively twenty-one inches and thlrty-one inches in diameter, with twenty-four inches stroke of piston. There is a surface-condenser, having six hundred and fifty-three
square feet ot condensing surface. The propellers are of cast-iron, six feet four inches in diameter, with four blades; the p1tch expands, fore and aft, from ten to eleven feet. The boiler is of the flue and return tubular type, with an 8 shaped shell, on one the sections of which are two segments of a circle, each greater than a semi-circle, placed beside each other and united at the termination of the arcs. Its extreme length is twelve feet eight inches, the diameter of each portion of the shell seven feet two inches, width ten feet six inches, height eight feet six inches. There are two furnaces, each four feet eight inches long and four feet six inches wide.
The great peculiarity and advantage of this engine is that it can be used either as condensing, non- condensing or compound. The high pressure engine is on the port side, the exhaust steam from which, instead of being wasted, is
utilized for the other engine, and thus in reality one side of the craft may be propelled by exhaust steam. This is an original feature , and if successful, will doubtless be adopted for many other vessels.
The keel of this cuttcr was laid in Augsut last, and she is to be finished in August of this year. Her rendezvous will be at Savannah, Ga., and she will cruise along the Southern coast, probably between that port and Key West. She will carry two twenty pound guns . The cost of the BOUTWELL is $70,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 27, 1873
      The GEORGE S. BOUTWELL was launched at Buffalo on Monday afternoon. She is a revenue cutter of iron plate, 140 x 22 x 17½. Union Iron Works is building her.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, May 29, 1873

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George S. Boutwell (Revenue Cutter), 26 May 1873