The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John P. Ward (Steamboat), 22 Mar 1861

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In passing along the docks yesterday, we were invited by Capt. John Pridgeon to take a survey of his new side-wheel tug, which is now nearly completed and ready for running. This steamer is 125 ft. in length overall, 23 ft. beam, and registers some 240 tons burthen; her ceiling of oak 4 inches thick is strongly bolted; she has heavy beams 12 inches by 18 inches, square, which are kneed outside and in; her engine frame is composed of large timbers well secured with 1 1/2 inch bolts driven through the bottom; she is also well framed which taking all in all, will make her one of the strongest and most reliable tug boats afloat in this section. She is also provided with convenient cabins, and will be propelled by a powerful low pressure engine, formerly in the GORE. She is called the JOHN P. WARD, a compliment to the Captain of the steamer FORESTER. Capt. Pridgeon will command her.
      Detroit Free Press
      March 22, 1861

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John P. Ward (Steamboat), 22 Mar 1861