The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
A. C. Van Raalte (Propeller), 17 Nov 1867


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We witnessed the launch yesterday aftenoon a new and handsome little propeller of 200 tons burthen, at the yard of Messrs. Hitchcock & Gibson, foot of Erie St. Promptly at 3:00 the hour announced for the launch to take place, the new vessel, with flying colors, was "let slide" and away she went into the water, as smoothly and gracefully as a duck. On a white flag, in red letters was the name of the new steamer, A.C. VAN RAALTE. About 200 persons were present to witness the launch. This neat and rakish looking little craft was built for John T. Edwards, of St. Joseph, Mich., and is to ply on Lake Michigan between Holland & St. Joseph and Chicago. She is of comely proportions, and has the new concave guards instead of the old square ones. Her engine was built by Messrs. Farrar, Trefft & Knight, is high pressure and 20*21. She has 95 ft. length of keel, 23 ft. breadth of beam, and 9 ft. depth of hold. Her cost is $20,000. It is confidently expected by her builders that she will make 14 knots an hour easily, and it is calculated she will be second to none in point of speed. She was named after the of a colony of Hollanders, A.C. Van Raalte, in Michigan. The propeller reflects credit on her builders who laid the keel on the 1st of September last, being just 2 1/2 months to completing her. When launched she had everything on board except her smoke stack. The VAN RAALTE will leave on Monday for her destination. This makes the third propeller for the same parties since the opening of navigation. - Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Detroit Free Press
      November 17, 1867


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Date of Original:
1867
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McN.E.4309
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English
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William R. McNeil
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A. C. Van Raalte (Propeller), 17 Nov 1867