The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. H. Gilbert (Propeller), U81382, 16 Jun 1892

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Bay City, June 17. - The steel steamship W.H. GILBERT, launched here yesterday, is the property of the Erie Transportation Company. She is 328 feet keel, 42 feet beam and 24 feet deep. She will be commanded by Captain Calvin Chamberlain and will leave in ten days.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Friday, June 17, 1892

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The steel steamship W.H. GILBERT was launched at Bay City Thursday and is 326 feet keel, 42 feet beam and 24 feet depth.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, June 18, 1892

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W. H. GILBERT was a steel freighter of the old style “Between Deck” design, built by F. W. Wheeler & Company, at West Bay City in 1892 for the Empire Transit Company, one of the fleets controlled by the Wolvin interests of Duluth. Her U.S. Registry number was 81382. Dimensions 328 x 42.5 x 20.5. 2820 gross tons and 2200 net. A very fast freighter, she was powered by a big triple expansion engine of 23", 37" and 62" diameter of cylinders by 44" stroke, built by the Frontier Iron works at Detroit. With several other Wolvin ships, she passed into the Pittsburgh Steamship Company fleet in 1901. For twelve more years she carried ore as a Silver Stacker. In 1913 she was sold to the Lakewood Steamship Company of Cleveland, a Hutchinson subsidiary. She was lost in a collision with the freighter CALDERA off Thunder Bay Islands Lake Huron, on May 22, 1914.
      Telescope Magazine
      August 1961 p. 152

Steam screw W.H. GILBERT. U. S. No. 81382. Of 2,820 tons gross; 2,002 tons net. Built West Bay City, 1892. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 328.0 x 42.5 x 20.5.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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W. H. Gilbert (Propeller), U81382, 16 Jun 1892