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Gladiator (Propeller), U85263, 1 Jul 1871

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Brockway and Bottsford's New Tug. - The new tug built for Messrs. Brockway and Bottsford at the yard of Fitzgerald and Leighton of Port Huron was launched on Saturday. The time had been fixed for four o'clock and precisely at that hour left the ways, and glided into the water amid cheers of the assembled spectators. The wind was blowing strong and cold at the time. As no ladies came aboard the traditional bottle of wine was not broken, but as she took to the water her flag was run up displaying the name by which she will be known, GLADIATOR. Once in the water the GLADIATOR moved rapidly into the stream followed by the tug MARTIN which took her in tow at a point not far from the Great Western Railway dock at Sarnia, and returned with her to Fitzgerald and Leighton's wharf. The entire time taken for the launching and return was about 25 minutes. The GLADIATOR is a tug of large size, her dimensions being as follows; length of keel, 112 feet; overall 128 feet; breadth of beam 22 feet. The engine and boilers have been built at Cleveland whither she will proceed during the present week to have her machinery put in. The new tug presents a very graceful appearance, sitting like a duck in the water and so far we believe gives good satisfaction to her owners and reflects a credit to her builders. Her cost will be about $27,000. It is expected that she will be ready for business in four or five weeks.
      Port Huron Times
      Wednesday, May 11, 1871

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      A NEW TUG. - A new tug called the GLADIATOR, built at Port Huron for George E. Brockway, and subsequently towed to Cleveland for her machinery, passed up on Sunday. She did not call. She is of the largest class, and designed for towing on the rivers. - Detroit Free Press, July 31st.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, August 2, 1871

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Steam screw GLADIATOR. U. S. No. 85263. Of 220.88 tons gross; 153.19 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1871. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 115.8 x 22.3 x 12.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Gladiator (Propeller), U85263, 1 Jul 1871