The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. H. Gratwick (Propeller), U81145, 13 May 1887

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The steamer Wm. H. GRATWICK, of Buffalo, owned by Gratwick, Smith and Fryer, was launched at West Bay City on Saturday. She has 2,000 tons capacity and cost $145,000.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 17, 1887

At F.W. Wheeler's shipyard, there is drawing near completion a fine steamship for the Gratwick, Smith and Fryer Lumber Co.,Tonawanda, and Captain John Mitchell, of Marine City, who wil command her. She is named the W.H. GRATWICK, and is of the following dimensions; 284 feet over all, 40 feet beam, 22 feet 4 inches molded depth. Her upper deck is made extra strong with double iron straps 4 by a half inch. She will have a triple expansion engine, 19, 30 and 52 by 40 inches; two Scotch type boilers 10 by 11 each, of one inch steel, which are being built at the Detroit Drydock Engine Works. Steam steering gear by Williamson Bros., Philadelphia, and the American Ship Windlass Co's steam windlass and capstan. She will also have a steam pony engine and boiler 4 and a half by 6, and steam pumps of the most modern manufacture. The timber with which this fine steamship is built is of splendid quality. She will carry four masts with three sails. Her cabins will be mahogany finished, and when she is completed will rank with the finest on the lakes. She will be launched early in May.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. April 14, 1887 p.5

West Bay City.---Mr.Wheeler has cause for gratulation over completion and launch of the WILLIAM H. GRATWICK, in advance of the time stipulated in his contract, and Gratwick, Smith and Fryer are to be congratulated over the fact that they have one of the finest vessels ever built for the unsalted seas, the builder having, if possible exceeded all his former efforts for beauty of model, elegance of finish, and staunchness of build. The GRATWICK is 265 feet keel, 282 feet over all, 40 feet beam, and 22 feet depth of hold, with a capacity of 2,400 tons. She will carry four masts, gaffs, booms, topmasts etc. The engines are triple expansion, with cylinders 20, 30 and 52 by 40, and are first class in every respect. The vessel has two Scotch boilers 10 by 11 feet, to carry 150 pounds working pressure, which are set in the boat in iron saddles, in iron pans, three eighths of an inch thick, rivited and calked, set on heavy iron beams, and inclosed in an iron boiler house. Captain John Mitchell will sail her.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. May 26, 1887 p.5

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W. H. Gratwick (Propeller), U81145, 13 May 1887