LAUNCH OF AN IRON PROPELLER. - Last Thursday afternoon there was launched from the ship-yard of Mr. David Bell, one of the most perfect specimens of naval architecture which the mechanical genius of Buffalo has produced. It is a steam propeller, designed for towing purposes, built entirely of iron, and upon a model which will ensure the maximum rate of speed as well as the greatest strength and durability. It is owned by Messrs. E.P. Dorr, J. Johnson, and we believe, one other gentleman of the city, and will probably be employed in government service on the Ocean. Its tonnage is 140 tons. Mr. Bell, its builder, has certainly attained a triumph in its construction, which is the more noticeable, as it is the first vessel of its class, built, of iron which has been launched at this port, or, if we are not greatly mistaken, on the lakes.
Quite a large crowd witnessed the ceremony of christening the new craft. Her colors, when unfolded, displayed the name, " GLEN IRIS," which it is to bear henceforth on lake or ocean. She obtains her appellation from the beautiful country residence of our townsman, William P. Letchworth, Esq., near Portage. Those who have visited that delightful locality know with what poetic propriety it is known as " the valley of the rainbow," and will likewise agree that the new steamer could not have sought her home on the deep freighted with more felicitous associations, than those which are inseparable from her name.
Buffalo Daily Courier
Monday, October 12, 1863
Steam screw tug GLEN IRIS. U. S. No. 10664. Of 55 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1863 by David Bell. 28.7 x 16.5 x 8.1 Renamed MARY O'RIORDAN 1909. Home port, North Carolina.
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