The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lagonda (Propeller), U141432, 25 Jun 1896

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Preparations were made to launch at the yard of F. W. Wheeler & Co., West Bay City, to-day (Thursday), the steamer LAGONDA, building for Capt. John Mitchell and others of Cleveland. The LAGONDA is not one of the 400-foot ships but she is a very large steamer, as her dimension are 384 by 45 by 26 ½ feet. With this steamer launched, Wheeler & Co. will still have on the stocks the steamer and two consorts which they are building for Mr. John D. Rockefeller, as well as the big car ferry steamer building for the F. & P. M. Ry. Co.
      Marine Review
      June 25, 1896

      Bay City, July 3 - The beautiful steel stm. LAGONDA, launched from Wheeler's shipyard June 25, sailed yesterday on her first voyage bound for Ashland.
      The builders of the LAGONDA have eclipsed the steel ship building record of the world. In the history of the industry a steel craft the size of the LAGONDA was never known to have been completed in so brief a time. In 87 working days from the time the keel was laid the ship was ready for delivery. She was built upon the same stocks that the CITY OF BANGOR was launched from on March 18. The keel was laid March 23. The LAGONDA is 386 ft. over all, 366 ft. keel, 45 ft. beam and 26 ft. 7 inches molded depth of hold. The gross tonnage is 3,670. The engines are triple expansion with cylinders 23, 37 1/2 and 63 inches in diameter with a 44 inch stroke. Power is supplied from 3 boilers 12 1/2 by 12.
      The passengers on board were Capt. Mitchell; F. Smith of Cleveland; Mrs. W. Wells, Mrs. B. Armstrong, Mrs. S. Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Durand.
      The trip will be made to Ashland where a load of iron ore will be taken on, consigned to Cleveland merchants.
      Detroit Tribune
      July 4, 1896

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Lagonda (Propeller), U141432, 25 Jun 1896