The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Louisiana (Propeller), 1 May 1887

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Morley Bros. of Marine City are building a fine steamer for Capt. W.B. Morley. In appearance she closely resembles the NEW ORLEANS. She will carry four spars with the fore and aft canvass on two of them. Her engine is a fore and aft compound with cylinders 27' and 44" by 42" stroke. She has been named LOUISIANA and will be ready June 1.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wedneaday, March 30, 1887
      The new steamer LOUISIANA will be launched at Marine City on Thursday next.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, May 9, 1887
Marine City.---The launch of the steambarge LOUISIANA at Captain W.B. Morley's yard, was a complete success and was witnessed by a large number of our citizens. It is quite an event in this city to see such a large steamer go into the water from our yard, and it is made quite a gala day. Belle River was line with people, all of whom united in wishing the new steamer a prosperous life. The LOUISIANA is the largest steamer ever built at this port, and will rank with the best freight boats on the lakes, her cost being $115,000 and capacity for carrying 2,400 tons. Her dimensions are as follows:-Length of keel 268 feet, over all 285 feet, beam 40 feet, moulded depth 23 feet. She is a double decker and has been built in a very careful and substantial manner, and is diagonally strapped and strengthened outside of frames. There are seven hatches and four spars. The propelling power will be a fore and aft compound engine, with cylinders 27 and 48 inches in diameter by 42 inch stroke. The boiler is 11 feet in diameter by 16 feet long. Her wheel is 11 feet 6 inches in diameter with a 14 foot pitch. She was towed to Detroit last week where her machinery will be put in at once, and it is expected that she will be ready for business about June 1. She has a Providence windlass from the American Ship Windlass Co., and all modern improvements necessary to a first-class steamboat of the present day
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. May 26, 1887 p.1

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Louisiana (Propeller), 1 May 1887