The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Calumet (Propeller), 21 Oct 1893

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      The U. S. revenue cutter CALUMET was launched Saturday from David Bell's Shipyard. As the water was low in the river the boat slipped off her stays and grounded in the mud, where she will remain until lifted out by higher water or by steam tugs.
      The CALUMET is a steel vessel, the smallest of the Government craft on the lakes, being only 94 feet 6 1/4 inches over all, 20 feet 6 inch beam, and 10 feet 3 inch hold.
      The CALUMET will go to Chicago to look after the Government's interests in the Chicago harbor.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, October 23, 1893 p.1, c.1

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On account of reverses met by David Bell of Buffalo, who has been constructing a revenue vessel, the CALUMET, intended for service at the port of Chicago, the boat was about forgotten among new government ships. She is to have a final trial in a few days now, and will soon be ready to be turned over to the Chicago collector of customs.
      The Marine Review
      August 23, 1894
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      Trial of the CALUMET.
Engineer-in-Chief Collins of the revenue cutter service, navy department, has kindly sent us a report of the trial of the new revenue cutter CALUMET. The trial took place on Lake Erie and the Niagara river, Sept. 22. The CALUMET is a steel boat 94 feet 6 inches long over all, 87 feet on the water line, 20 feet beam and 10 feet 3 inches depth of hold. She is propelled by a compound inverted direct acting engine with a high pressure cylinder 18 ½ inches in diameter, and a low pressure cylinder 32 inches in diameter, the stroke of both cylinders being 26 inches. Steam is generated by a Ward boiler of the size known as P. 30 with Q. fire box, which contains 2,490 square feet of heating surface and 74 square feet of grate surface. She is provided with a Wheeler admiralty surface condenser mounted on combined independent air and circulating pumps. The air and circulating pumps are each 9 inches in diameter and 10 inches stroke; the steam cylinder 8 inches diameter and 10 inches stroke. She has a four-bladed, solid, true-screw propeller of 8 feet diameter and 12 ½ feet pitch. The helicordal area of all four blades is 24 square feet. The trial consisted of a run of four hours under full power and was solely for the purpose of testing the machinery. Owing to the firemen being unaccustomed to that type of boiler, considerable difficulty was experienced in maintaining a uniform steam pressure. On the average, however, the steam was carried at about 110 pounds, which drove the engine at about 115 revolutions per minute. The horse power developed was 470, which gave the vessel an average speed for the four hours run of 13.4 statute miles per hour. The trial board consisted of Engineer-in-Chief John W. Collins, Chief Engineer D. C. Chester and Asst. Engineer C. M. McAllister, while Capt. Geo. W. Moore, the superintendent of construction, and First Lieut. John Dennet were present to take observation as to the vessel's speed.
The CALUMET when fully complete will leave the yard of her builders, the assignees of David Bell at Buffalo, N. Y., for Chicago, where she will be used for boarding purposes, and for the enforcement of the new anchorage laws, passed by congress, and which have recently gone into effect at that place.
      The Marine Review
      October 11, 1894

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Calumet (Propeller), 21 Oct 1893