The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Racine (Propeller), 22 Sep 1856

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PROPELLER RACINE. - Another first class screw steamer of the People's Line is taking on her first cargo for Lake Michigan ports, and will sail on Monday. She was built by Luther Moses, is owned by himself, one-half, C. Marsden and Silas Merchant, of this city, and George Holt and Charles Ensign, of Buffalo, each one-eighth. Ensign and Holt being controlling owners. She measures 193.6 feet in length, 30.3 feet bean, 12.79 hold, and 716 18:95 tons, being excelled in tonnage by no other propeller built here this season, except the MOHAWK, which measures 789 12:95. Her engine was built by the Buffalo Steam Engine Co. Her engine is oscillating, her cylinder 30 inches, her boiler, with return flues, 21 feet long, and 8 feet shell, and her wheel, Philadelphia Pattern, of 10 feet diameter. She is built strong, her arches are of four 4 inch plank, 15 inches wide, strongly bolted; her stanchions are of oak, and in fact everything about her is of the best material and well put together. What her speed may be is yet to be seen, but she will hold her own, unless appearances are very deceptive. She is officered as follows: - Captain, Julius W. Brett; Mate, J. Myers; 2nd. Mate, James Cook; Engineer, Robert Slade; Clerk, W.L. Whiting; Steward, D. Simons. She is a competitor for the honors with the MOHAWK, and we invite the notice of our Upper Lake friends to her. - Cleveland Herald.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Monday, September 22, 1856

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Racine (Propeller), 22 Sep 1856