The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sir S. L. Tilley (Propeller), C88623, 30 Jun 1884

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The Canadian prop. SIR S.L. TILLEY arrived from the Welland Canal yesterday aftenoon and went to William's dock, where she will load railroad iron for Port Arthur. This is the TILLEY's first trip. She was built by Shickluna at St. Catharines for S. Neelon, her complete cost being about $80,000. She is intended to run through the lower canals to Montreal. Her frames are of iron, the planking being of wood. She seems well contracted throughout, though differing in many respects from American built boats. Her length is 178 ft., beam 35 ft., lower hold 15 1/2 ft. between decks 8 ft. She has a fore-and-aft compound engine, the cylinders being 28 and 52 inches in diameter, and the stroke 40 inches; and 2 steel boilers, each measuring 9 1/2 ft. by 11 ft. 2 inches. The wheel is one of Trout's, 11 ft. in diameter, and has a lead of 14 1/2 ft. The TILLEY measures 679 tons and will carry 1,200 tons on 14 foot draft.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 30, 1884 3-5

Steam screw SIR S.L. TILLEY. Official Canada No. 88623. Of 1,178 tons gross; 769 tons Reg. Built St. Catharines, Ont., 1884. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 168.0 x 35.3 x 14.9 Owned by McKay Bros., of Hamilton, Ont.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Sir S. L. Tilley (Propeller), C88623, 30 Jun 1884