Wyandotte. -- The Composite steamer FAYETTE BROWN will be launched from the Detroit Dry Dock Co's shipyard, Wyandotte on Saturday, the 14th. at 10 a.m. He dimensions are, length on waterline 250 feet, over all 266 feet; beam 40 feet outside frames, 41 feet outside planking; moulded depth 21 and a half feet. She is differently constructed from anything yet built. She has three strakes of iron top sides, and is planked below those by 6 inch oak planks. All her construction parts are of iron; underneath the planking on the bilges runs a strake of iron plating 3 and a half feet wide, to which connects a system of diagonals, fastened to the bottom of the top cord. Her floors are 27 inches deep and 5 eighth thick. She has a continuous center keel plate, and a pair of intercostals. On top of the floors are the center and two sister keelsons. She is strengthened by four water tight bulkheads, and a sufficent number of web frames. The appliance of her center board box for an iron vessel will be an experimental one. The center board is arranged forward of the fore hatch and only extends as far up as the orlop deck beams, which deck consists of 8 inch I beams, without planks except aft near engine and boilers, where an iron deck for coal bunkers is laid. The upper or spar deck consists of 7 inch bulb beams, planked with 4 inch pine, diagonally strapped. The hatches are arranged in pairs, having an iron stringer, 4 feet wide, in between. A special hatch is provided, between engine and boiler, to facilitate trimming. Her machinery will comprise triple expansion engine 20, 30 and 52 by 40 stroke, boilers of Scotch type 11 x 11 each, having two 40 inch furnaces, calculated to stand pressure of 150 pounds. Steam steering and hoisting gear and the American Ship Windlass Co's steam capstan and windlass. She will, carry three masts, with fore and aft sails. Her cabims, emgine-room, etc.,will be fitted with the best modern improvements. She is being built for Captain E.M. Peck, of the N. W. T. Co. Her designer is Fred Bailin, of the Detroit Drydock Co.
The Marine Record
Thurs. May 12, 1887 p.5
The Detroit Dry Dock Co. have issued invitations to the launch at Wyandotte at 10 A.M. Saturday of the composite steamer FAYETTE BROWN.
Port Huron Daily Times
Friday, May 13, 1887
Steam screw FAYETTE BROWN. U. S. No. 120682. Of 2,080 tons gross; 1,217 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1887. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 306.3 x 40.0 x 18.0 Crew of 18. Of 1,000 indicated horsepower. Composite built.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906