The stmr. MAURICE B. GROVER was launched from Radcliffe's yard at Cleveland Saturday. She is the largest wooden vessel ever built there. She measures 272 ft. keel, 290 ft. over all, 40 ft. beam and 23 ft. hold. She is modeled after the stmr. CITY OF CLEVELAND. This boat is built at a cost of $120,000, but her owners, M.A. Bradley and Charles Grover, would probably refuse $150,000 for her She will carry 2,300 tons.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
May 23, 1887 3-3
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LAUNCH OF THE MAURICE B. GROVER
Under a blue sky and the happiest of auspices, the largest of the wooden boat was launched on Saturday at three o'clock from the shipyard of William Radcliffe. The MAURICE B. GROVER is owned by M.S.Bradley, Chris.Grover, Captain George Stone and others, and she was named after Mr.Grover's little boy. Launches are getting to be very common here, but there was nevertheless a large crowd present to see the GROVER take the water. A few minutes before the time set, the lines were cut and the ship stood alone well packed up, but she did not move. She had to be coaxed a little, told that she was free, and finally when life had been infused she asserted her weight and dignity by splitting a couple of the ways. No other damage was done, however, and soon the immense hull, nearly three hundred feet long and forty wide moved majestically down the timbers and settled in the water. It was an inspiring sight and roused the enthusiasm of all present. As soon as she became stationary it was seen that she was drawing four feet forward and ten feet four inches aft, an average of 7 feet 2 inches.
Besides being built strong, she differs from most other vesels in being planked inside and out to the main rail. She is further strengthened by two steel arches inside and out, and a steel cord around the top. Her dimensions are:- length of keel, 272 feet; over all 290 feet, beam 40 feet, hold 22 feet and estimated to carry 2,400 tons. She has two Scotch boilers 12 x 12 feet, allowed 150 pounds of steam, built by the Globe Iron Works Co., and a compound engine with cylinders 30 and 36 inches by 48 inch stroke. The latter was built by the Cleveland Ship Building Company.
She has a steam windlass, steam steering gear and the latest improvements. It is calculated that she will carry 2,400 net tons. Her cost was $120,000, but probably $30,000 more than that sum would not buy her at the present time. She will be manned as follows:-Captain James Stone, master; Louis Stone, first mate P.Doyle, first engineer; J.Black, second engineer.
The MAURICE B.GROVER, left on Wednesday evening for Escanaba to load ore.
The Marine Record
Thurs. May 26, 1887 p.4