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Saginaw Valley (Propeller), U115769, 26 May 1888


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It is expected that the prop. SAGINAW VALLEY will be launched this afternoon at 4:00, from the old Gilbert starch works site at Black Rock. This vessel has been lengthened 65 ft., and has received steel keelson and arches in addition to the usual heavy oak keelsons. She will be of the staunchest vessels afloat, and when once more ready to load there will not be a betteer business boat on the lakes. Her capacity will be 1,300 tons. The cabins are so arranged that there will be ample accommodations for 15 or 20 passengers. She will rate A1* in the Inland Lloyds vessel register. She will be ready for sea June 1st. Capt. M. Gregor will be her master; Messrs. Galvin, Tyler and McDougall, are the owners. The bill for repairs foot up $18,000.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 26, 1888 3-7

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      The SAGINAW VALLEY is not yet off the ways. An end launch was intended and the propeller started at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, and slid 30 ft. then stuck. One of Johnson's tugs broke several hawsers trying to move her, but she did not budge. She has 75 ft. of shoal water to pass over before reaching a depth that will float her. The ways are too level, caused by settling. It is probable that she will be released today with the aid of screws and a dredge.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 28, 1888 3-7

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      The owners of the SAGINAW VALLEY are well pleased with the progress made in launching the propeller. She was moved several feet yesterday, and there is no doubt that she will soon be in the lakes again.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 9, 1888 3-7

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      After a month's delay the prop. SAGINAW VALLEY was launched at Black Rock late yesterday afternoon. It will be remembered that the vessel stuck, owing to the settling of the ways, and it was found necessary to jack them up. The time spent, however, has not been lost, for all the necessary work of getting the propeller ready for sea has been completed. A full description of the boat has already been published in the Commercial. She will leave port in a few days under the command of Capt. J.M. McGregor.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 28, 1888 3-6


SAGINAW VALLEY.* Built April 12, 1881 Bulk Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 115769 620 gt -592 nt 161' x 31' x 10'
Lengthened 65' and rebuilt in 1897.
* Renamed (b) MERIDEN - US -1897
      (c) KONGO -US -1903
      (d) OVERLAND -Can -1917 ( C 134520)
Beached at Port Dalhousie, Ont., Lake Ontario, as breakwater for rifle range in 1926; later broken up.
      Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio


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rebuild & launch, Buffalo
Date of Original:
1888
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McN.E.3698
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Saginaw Valley (Propeller), U115769, 26 May 1888