The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. C. Gilchrist (Propeller), 21 Sep 1887

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Trenton.---The steamship J.C.GILCHRIST was launched from John Craig's yard Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. She is the largest vessel ever launched from his yard. She measures 255 feet keel, 272 feet overall; 40 feet 8 inch beam, and 24 foot molded hold. She is iron strapped throughout, and double iron strapped for about sixty feet forward of her machinery. Two steel cords are around the top of her frames, so that she is as solidly and strongly built as possible. She has triple expansion engine, cylinders 18, 30, and 48 inches with a 40 inch stroke, steam furnished by two Scotch boilers 12 by 12 feet. Boilers and engine were built by S.F. Hodge & Co. of detroit. She carries four masts and is fitted out with the latest improvements in steam steering gear. Providence steam windlass, etc. She cost Captain J.C. Gilchrist, of Cleveland, F.W. Gilchrist of Alpena, and Messrs. Gelcher and Schuck, of Sandusky, about $115,000. Her first cargo will be grain from Detroit to Buffalo. nearly everything is aboard of her, not only boiler and engine, but anchors, chains, etc, and it is expected she will be ready for sea this week. She presents a very handsome appearance, and her owners and builders may well be proud of her. Her light draft, is 3 feet 2 inches forward, 9 feet aft. She is expected to carry 85,000 bushels of grain, or 2,100 tons of ore on a sixteen foot draft. Captain L.H. Weeks, of Vermillion, will command her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 22, 1887 p.5

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J. C. Gilchrist (Propeller), 21 Sep 1887