The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fessenden (Steamboat), 29 Mar 1883

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The wooden hull and most of the outfit of the old stmr. FESSENDEN were sold at noon today at the docks of the Union Drydock Co. on the Blackwell Canal to Connoly Brothers of this city, for $2,950. There were about 20 bidders present, and the sale was conducted by Robert McCann, auctioner.
      The FESSENDEN was built in Cleveland in 1865, and was thoroughly repaired in 1874. She outlived her usefulness as a government steamer several years ago and an appropriation under the head of "repairs" was made to build a new iron hull, a special act of Congress being required to construct a new vessel.
      The old engine, which is a good one, is about all of the old FESSENDEN that will appear in the new. The Union Drydock Co. of this city is building the new craft, which will be one of the best government steamers on the lakes.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 29, 1883 3-10

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The new United States revenue steamer FESSENDEN, built by the Union Dry Dock Company, of Buffalo, made a trial trip Tuesday and proved a success. The craft is 192 feet in length, 28 feet beam, and 11 feet depth of hold. She is a side-wheeler, with wheels 28 feet in diameter, and is schooner rigged. The engine is of the verticle beam type and has a 48 inch cylinder with a 9 foot stroke of piston and jet condenser. Her main boiler is 33 feet in length by 11 feet 9 inches in diameter. The FESSENDEN has been built under the supervision of Captain A.A. Fengar, of the revenue marine service, assisted by Lieutenant A.D. Littlefield and Chief Engineer D.C. Chester. Her Commander will be Captain S.S. Warner, late of the revenue cutter EWING, of Baltimore. Her crew will consist of fifty men, and her battery will be four 24-pound rifle broadside guns and one 30-pound pivot gun. Her station will be Detroit.
      The Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, August, 1883

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Fessenden (Steamboat), 29 Mar 1883