The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Cuba (Propeller), 10 May 1872

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The new iron prop. CUBA was launched yesterday afternoon at the Evans Slip. This is one of 4 boats built for Messrs. Ensign & Holt, by the King Iron Works, of which Messrs. Wm. J. King & Co. are proprietors. Mr. Robert Craig, an experienced iron ship builder, supervised its construction. It will be remembered that we gave a full description of these vessels, with dimensions, &c. some time ago. The other 3 vessels will be called the JAVA,
      Last evening one of the 4 iron propellers which has been in the course of construction here during the past winterby the King Iron Works, was launched. We believe this is much the largest iron propeller now afloat on the lakes. Messrs. Gibson & Craig have the supervision of the building of these boats. As indicated, the vessel is named CUBA. Her dimensions are, length of keel 231 ft. 6 inches, or 240 ft. over all, 35 ft. 4 inches beam, 13 ft. 4 inches hold, 3 ft. 2 inches water bottom, or 16 ft. 6 inches entire depth. Is 1,300 tons old measurement, with a carrying capacity of 1,900 tons or 63,000 bu. wheat, drawing 14 ft.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 10, 1872 3-2 & 3-6

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Cuba (Propeller), 10 May 1872