The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Charles J. Sheffield (Propeller), 19 Apr 1887

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This fine steel steamship will be launched on Tuesday the 19th. She is one of the best products of the Globe Iron Works Company and built for Messrs. H.H. Brown and Peck of detroit, at a cost of about $160,000. She will go in the iron ore trade. The CHARLES J. SHEFFIELD is 260 feet keel, 276 feet over all, 37 feet beam and 23 feet depth of hold and will carry 2,000 tons on 14 and a half feet draft. She has a water bottom 3 feet 4 inches, divided into six compartments, three on each side, three freight holds and five bulkheads, a collision bulkhead forward and one aft at the stuffing box. A new feature in her deck plan is the insertion of seven hatches all 8 feet wide and 24 feet centers; a 6 feet long by 4 feet wide iron portable hatch enters at the spar deck, outside of the boiler house, and runs on an incline, in such a manner that it will load ore on the center of the steamer under the boiler, thereby saving much trimming. An iron deck, 6 feet wide runs entirely around the hatches, a new feature, and one that will be well thought of. The steel which enters into her construction was made by the Otis Steel Company of this city, and the angles by the Cleveland Rolling Mill Company; the stern and stem frames and all the heavy forgings by the Cleveland City Forge. It will then be seen that she is in ever respects a Cleveland built steamer. Her boiler house is of iron.
      Her machinery is fore and aft compound, 27 and 50 by 36 inch, and one boiler 10 and a half feet diameter by 17 feet long. Her screw is 10 and a half feet in diameter with a pitch of 14 feet and the boat is expected to develope a speed of 10 miles an hour.
      The CHARLES J. SHEFFIELD will be provided with a Providence steam windlass and capstan and steam capstan aft and a Globe steam steerer. The plumbing has been done in a masterly manner by George Saal's Sons, the piping and fitting by John Thomson, the joinery work by Denny and the small boats by Champness. Captain Christ. Allen, formerly in the HACKETT will be master. Engineer, John Roach.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. April 14, 1887 p.4

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The new steel propeller C.J. SHEFFIELD was launched at Cleveland Wednesday by the Globe Iron Works. She is 274 feet over all, 37 foot beam, 23 foot hold and will carry 2,350 tons of ore. She cost $100.000
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thurs. April 21, 1887

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Charles J. Sheffield (Propeller), 19 Apr 1887