The freight propeller W.H. STEVENS was launched at West Bay City yesterday afternoon. She belongs to Ward's Detroit and Lake Superior line. She is 225 feet over all, 212 feet keel, 36 feet beam, 14 1/2 feet hold, has a fore and aft compund engine, 26 and 44 by 40 inches, and 2 Scotch boilers, each 11 by 11 feet. Her capacity is 1,500 tons, and her cost about $90,000. Her hull is painted black and the upper works white. She will be immediately fitted out to engage in Capt. Ward's increasing trade, and will be commanded by Captain Tyler Morley, who had been on the S.F. HODGE.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
July 16, 1886 3-4
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Capt. Ward's new Lake Superior steamer, the W.H. STEVENS, built and launched recently at Bay City, arrived here on Sunday evening and is already taking on her first cargo of grain at this port. All who have seen her say she has a fine model, and in all her appointments of excellent finish, no pains or expense have been spared to that end. The STEVENS will compose one of Ward's Lake Superior Line.
The Detroit Tribune
Tuesday, July 27, 1886
WILLIAM H. STEVENS. Built July, 1886 Package Freight Propeller -Wood
U. S. No. 81120 1332 gt -1025 nt 212.4' x 37.2' x 13.7'
Burned and sank off Clear Creek, Lake Erie, September 8, 1902.
Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
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