The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
D. M. Wilson (Propeller), U6772, 24 May 1873

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A fine staunch iron ore barge was launched at St. Clair on Saturday, where she was built by Simon Langell. She was named the D.M. WILSON and will probably register about 800 tons burthen, and is built expressly for the iron ore trade. She is 194 feet overall, 180 feet keel length; 32 feet beam and 13 feet depth of hold in the shoalest places. She has an engine 27 x 30 built by the Globe Works of Cleveland. It is expected that she will be ready for business in about two weeks.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 27, 1873

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      The new stm. D.M. WILSON which has been here some days receiving her boilers and machinery, is about ready for business, and at present is taking on a supply of coal. She presents a fine appearance.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 20, 1873

Steam screw D.M. WILSON. U. S. No. 6772. Of 757.76 tons gross; 591.74 tons net. Built St. Clair, Mich., 1873. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 179.1 x 32.7 x 12.2 Of 400 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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D. M. Wilson (Propeller), U6772, 24 May 1873