In Detroit the steamer MILTON D. WARD, in Jones dock, is to be lengthened 15 feet, receive new keelsons and guards and be thoroughly refastened.
Port Huron Daily Times
Tuesday, March 2, 1875
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The steamer MILTON D. WARD is now in Jones' dry-dock, Detroit, where she is to be lengthened about 20 feet, receive new keelsons and guards and to be thoroughly refastened.
March 26, 1875
At last, after a long season of rebuilding and improvement, the Star line flag ship steamed up from the lower drydock yesterday to the dock foot of Wayne St., and will take her place on the Detroit and Port Huron route, making her first trip today, starting at 9:00. An addition of 15 ft. has been made to the length of the WARD, giving her more sheer and a better looking stern besides adding to her capacity. With the above improvements her machinery, decks, hull and cabins have been thoroughly overhauled and painted, and altogether she comes out fairly swelling with good looks and intentions. One thing is certain, she's a popular boat, and sure and when she's got around on time somebody else is getting left beside her, and her captain says he'll wager that she gets a double encore on her first appearance at upper ports tomorrow.
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 1875
Steam Paddle MILTON D. WARD. U. S. No. 90162. Of 538.31. Of 500 horse-power. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871