The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John Sherman (Cutter), 29 Sep 1865

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Last night about 6:00, the new Revenue Cutter JOHN SHERMAN, recently launched and fitted out at Cleveland, arrived at Detroit and cast anchor in the river at the foot of Bates St. She came here on a trial trip, and from what we can learn has fully answered the expectations formed of her capabilities, her performances during the trial trip is unexceptionable. The present trial is on behalf of the government, an agent having accompanied her for the purpose of reporting satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily. She is a staunch, handsome looking craft, apparently combining strength with speed and other marine requisites which bring her as near perfection as possible. She left Cleveland yesterday morning about 8:30, stopping a couple of hours at Kelley's Island, and arrived here about 6:00 P.M.
The JOHN SHERMAN, with her companion the WILLIAM P. FRESSENDEN, was commenced in Cleveland in March last. They were ordered by the government for the revenue service. Her length is 175 ft., 28 ft. beam, and 11 ft. deep. She is supplied with the vertical beam engine, low pressure, with all the modern inprovements, including, Dunham's Patent Expansive Joints, Stevens' Cut Off, and a set of full stroke trippers. The following are the engines dimensions: Diameter of cylinder ?? inches; stroke of piston, 9 ft. The cranks and shafts are of wrought iron. The wheel used is 25 feet in diameter, outside of the buckets, the buckets, 8 ft. face, 25 inches dip, and, with 38 pounds of steam, will make 29 revolutions per minute, cutting off at half stroke. The boiler is of the return flue pattern, with 9 ft. diameter of shell; length 33 ft., and front 11 ft. 6 inches. She is furnished with a donkey boiler and steam pump, arranged for pumping the boiler bills, and also with a blowing engine and blower. Her engines were built by Fletcher Harrison & Co., of New York, but her boilers were manufactured at the Locomotive Works in Detroit, and the engineer instructs us that they are really splendid, reflecting credit on the manufacurers. Mr. Fletcher, of the establishment at which the engines were constructed, is with the party.
      A trial of speed with the REINDEER was spoken of last evening, but whether it will come off or not we are unable to say. If it should not, the SHERMAN will leave here on her return trip this morning at 9:00. Her companion, the WILLIAM P. FRESSENDEN, will be here on Tuesday next.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 29, 1865

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John Sherman (Cutter), 29 Sep 1865