The Tonawanda Transportation Co. which was organized at Detroit May 1880, and of which Wm. H. Gratwick, of this city, is Secretary and Treasurer, have nearly ready for launching at Bailey Bros. shipyard, Toledo, a new barge designed for the grain and lumber trade, which although not very large, is said to be one of the finest of her kind. Her dimensions are 175 ft. over all, 33 ft. beam, and 12 ft. depth of hold. She will have 3 spars, with fided topmasts, and will be called the SELDEN E. MARVIN, after Gen. Marvin, of Albany, N.Y. It is thought she will be ready for launching tomorrow.
Buffalo Morning Express
June 22, 1881 4-7
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Toledo, June 21. -- The new barge, the SHELDEN E. MARVIN, was successfully launched at half-past 3 o'clock this afternoon at Bailiey's shipyard, in the presence of about 1,500 people. It is a vessel of 618 tons, built expressly for the lumber trade. She has three spars, and ranks A 1 as a staunch well built craft.
Wednesday, June 22, 1881
Schooner barge SELDEN E. MARVIN. U. S. No. 115771. Of 618 gross tons; 587 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1881. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 174.6 x 33.2 x 12.2 Crew of 10.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1913