The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
S. D. Caldwell (Propeller), U23360, 5 Aug 1868

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According to the Detroit papers the fine stm. S.D. CALDWELL has passed into the hands of Capt. John Pridgeon, of that city and will be attached to the Grand Trunk line of steamers. The Post says:
      The Grand Trunk Railway, with its steady and rapid increase of business, has become of such magnitude that for some time past they have urged the necessity on the part of the contractors, of the steam line of the introduction of another steamer, in order to cope with the vast amount of freight moving in that direction; and the placing of so fine a boat as the CALDWELL on that route will amply meet the required need. The rolling stock of that road is also being augmented as fast as circumstances will permit, which, when fully perfected will require the service of another steamer on the approach of another season. Mr. Brydes, the General Manager of the route, is industriously engaged in hastening the above matters to a final issue, and when perfected will remove any cause for complaint as regards the transhipment over that thoroughfare. The CALDWELL will compose the 5th. steamer running in connection with the above line.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 5, 1868 3-4

      Steam screw S.D. CALDWELL. U. S. No. 14654. Of 645.50 tons gross; 532.59 tons net. Of 640 horse-power. Built at Cleveland, O., in 1862. Home port, E. Saginaw, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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S. D. Caldwell (Propeller), U23360, 5 Aug 1868