On Saturday afternoon, at 5:30, the new prop. LADY FRANKLIN, built by Messrs. J.T. & E.M. Edwards, at the dock of Mr. J.W. Banta, on the west side of the South Branch, between Van Buren and Harrison Sts., was successfully launched in the presence of a large crowd of interested and delighted spectators.
The LADY FRANKLIN is intended by her owners for the St. Joseph freight and passenger trade. Her dimensions are 26ft. beam, 144 ft. overall, and measures a tonnage of 355. She is a two wheel propeller, and has a double engine, and her cabin runs her entire length. Her commander will be Capt. Hickey, favorably known on the lakes as a careful and experienced navigator. - Chi. Tribune, March 11.
Detroit Free Press
March 13, 1861
LAUNCH OF A PROPELLER. -- The Chicago Tribune says: - On Saturday afternoon, at half past five, the new propeller LADY FRANKLIN, built by Messrs. J.T. & E.M. Edwards, at the dock of Mr. J.W. Banta, on the west side of the South Branch, between Van Buren and Harrison street was successfully launched in the presence of a large crowd of interested and delighted spectators.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
March 13, 1861
New Propeller. -- The Detroit Free Press says: "The new propeller LADY FRANKLIN, built upon Lake Michigan, arrived here yesterday morning with a cargo of grain, en route to Buffalo. She presents a very tasty appearance, is of good model, though of the smaller class."
Buffalo Daily Courier
Thursday, October 10, 1861
Propeller LADY FRANKLIN. U. S. No. 14827. Of 341 tons. Built Chicago, Ill., 1861. First home port, Chicago, Ill. DISPOSITION:-- Burnt Nov. 7, 1877. Rig changed to barge Dec. 3, 1882.
Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 - 1868