The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
L. B. Johnson (Propeller), U15303, 9 Apr 1868

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A new tug, named the L.B. JOHNSON, was launched from the North Branch shipyard of Frederickson & Barnes. The dimensions are as follows: Length of keel 61 ft.; overall 72 ft.; depth of hold, 8ft.; breadth of beam, 15 ft.; and cost $15,000. She has a single engine with a double piston rod, which is from the Marine Engine Works of this city; the cost was $5,000; the boiler is from the Excelsior Boiler Works. Her owners are Frank Green, Andrew Green and L.B. Johnson of Chicago. She will be ready for service next week. - Chi. Tribune
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 9, 1868 3-4

Steam screw L.B. JOHNSON. U. S. No. 15303. Of 42.57 tons gross; 21.29 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1868. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 60.8 x 15.3 x 8.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S.,1897

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L. B. Johnson (Propeller), U15303, 9 Apr 1868