The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary Stewart (Propeller), U16764, 1 Dec 1854

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NEW PROPELLER.---Yesterday we had the pleasure of examining the hull of a new propeller, belonging to the firm of J.L.Hurd & Co., which has just been built by Mr. John E. Dixon, of Newport. This new vessel is to be named the MARY STEWART and is intended to run in the north shore line of propellers. Her model is beautiful, being as sharp as the bows of a clipper, with a run aft like a steamboat. She presents the appearance of being one of the stoutest hulls that has ever been put on the lakes, her timbers being of the best material, and being thoroughly put together. Her planking is all bolted and fastened with nuts inside, and her timbers are carried up from the hull to the upper deck.
The MARY STEWART is 160 feet long and 27 feet 4 inches beam. Her depth of hold is 10 and a half feet. She is calculated to carry 500 tons burthen, or 4,500 bbls. of flour. She will be driven by a single engine with a cylinder of 40 inches by 28. Her wheel will be 13 feet in diameter.
As she lies now, she presents as handsome and well finished a piece of naval architecture as any that has been seen at these docks.
      Mr. Dixon, we understand, is getting ready to lay the keel of another large propeller for the same firm, which is to be called the "OLD CONCORD," and which is to be ready for service by next July. ------- Detroit Advertiser
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Tuesday, December 5, 1854

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PROPELLER MARY STEWART -The new propeller MARY STEWART, owned by J.L. Hurd & Co., is now entirely completed, and ready for the spring trade. She is to be commanded by Capt. Henry Watts, and is to run in the North Shore Line of Propellers between this city and Buffalo. She is an exceedingly stout, well built vessel, of about 500 tons burthen. Her engine is a square one, and was manufactured by the Detroit Locomotive Works. The cylinder is 27 inches in diameter, with a 40 inch stroke; shaft of wrought iron, 9 and a half inches diameter, with 12 feet wheel. Her boiler is 18 feet long, 8 feet diameter; has seven large direct flues, and 126, 3 and a quarter inch return flues, 12 feet long; and is capable of carrying 120 lbs. of steam to the square inch.
The MARY STEWART started from her dock yesterday afternoon at about 5 o'clock with nearly 100 persons on board, for the purpose of making a short trip to try her engine. Her engine worked exceedingly well, and gave good satisfaction. The opinion was expressed by several captains and practical engineers on board, that when in complete order, she would be one of the fastest propellers on the lakes. --------- Detroit Free Press
      The Democracy, Buffalo
      Saturday, March 31, 1855

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Mary Stewart (Propeller), U16764, 1 Dec 1854