The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kittie M. Forbes (Propeller), 6 May 1883

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The FORBES is built of the best white oak timber and is diagonally iron strapped. Her machinery consists of a fore-and-aft compound engine with a universal coupling, the cylinders being 27 and 44 by 40 built by Sam'l F. Hodge, of Detroit. The wheel is 10 ft. 8 inches in diameter and 13 ft. 6 inches pitch. The boilers are 12 ft. in diameter and 12 ft. 6
inches long, of 5/8 Otis steel and of the Moses pattern. The FORBES will be commanded by her owner and will enter the Lake Superior grain trade as soon as she is fitted out. Her cost is $75,000. SHe will tow the barge FANNIE NEIL and probably the schrs. KINGFISHER and FRANK PEREW.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 6, 1883 7-4

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Kittie M. Forbes (Propeller), 6 May 1883