The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hamilton Morton (Propeller), 1 Jun 1854

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NEW STEAM TUG.---A new steam tug has just been completed, and is now ready for service, for Mr. W.S. Farrell, who formerly owned and run the FRANKLIN. She is called the HAMILTON MORTON, and is the handsomest thing of the kind, ever put afloat. She is of the following dimensions:-- 85 feet keel; 99 on deck; 19 feet beam; 9 feet hold. She was modeled by George Collyer, and built by Samuel Collyer, both of new York. She is of a beautiful model, sits like a duck on the water, and draws 7 feet 5 inches. She is very strongly built, her frame being put together with screw bolts, and is admirably fastened every way. She has a powerful engine of an entirely different pattern from those generally in use, built at the Franklin Works, Albany. Her boiler, which is a very large one, is from the foundry of Starks & Pruyn, Albany. She is fitted up in fine style, has a fine cabin on deck and one below, and everything about her is finished and complete. She cost about $16,000. She is intended for towing on the Creek or on the lake, any where between here and Chicago. She is under the command of Captain Hayford. ---- Express.
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Thursday, June 3, 1854

Propeller HAMILTON MORTON. Of 144 tons. Built Buffalo in 54 by George Colyer. Owned by J. Pridgeon. Home port, Detroit. Class, A 2. Value $8,000. REMARKS. - Tug
      Board of lake Underwriters
      Lake vessel Register, 1860
      Steam screw HAMILTON MORTON.* U. S. No. 26249. Of 227 gross tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1854.
      * Renamed W.R. MUIR - U. S. - 1868
      Herman Runge List

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Hamilton Morton (Propeller), 1 Jun 1854