The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
B. F. Wade (Propeller), U2156, 19 Nov 1874

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There is a slight error in the statement which is going the rounds relative to the prop. B.F. WADE. The WADE has been in service twelve years, and was the second steamer to experiment with the walking beam in a screw steamer, the engine used, if we mistake not, having formerly been in service in the steamer CHIEF JUSTICE ROBINSON, on Lake Ontario. Owing to the continual breaking down it was deemed a failure and taken out to be replaced by one of the usual kind. The WADE was built by Capt. Jacob L. Woolverton (now deceased) at Newport, on the River St. Clair, and is 1,120 tons burden. The first experiment of the walking beam engine above refered to, was on board the WATER WITCH, which had the steamer FASHION's engine, and it was lost with all hands, the machinery in question being, beyond a doubt mainly the cause of the sad calamity. They have not been tried since.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 19, 1874

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      On Saturday last, the new propeller JOHN PRIDGEON Jr. built for Capt. John Pridgeon was successfully launched at Clark's ship yard in Detroit. She is 235 over all x 36 x 17. The No. 1 engines of the B.F. WADE will be used in her.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 30, 1874

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      The B.F. WADE has been dismantled and her engines and machinery have been placed in the JOHN PRIDGEON Jr., a new boat which was built in Detroit last winter and is pronounced the largest and best piece of marine architecture that has yet been turned out here.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, April 26, 1875
Screw B.F. WADE. U. S. No. 2156. Of 715 tons. Built Newport, Mich., 1862. Abandoned 1875.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle Holdcamper list 1790 to 1868

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B. F. Wade (Propeller), U2156, 19 Nov 1874