The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fountain City (Propeller), U9680, 1 Aug 1857

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Thomas McGeary, at his boiler shop, is constructing for the new prop. FOUNTAIN CITY, a very large boiler, said to be the largest of of the kind ever built. It is 10 ft. 8 inches in diameter and 20 ft. long, and has 3,000 brace rods to strengthen it. Its weight is 40,000 pounds, and it cost $5,300.
      Detroit Free Press
      May 10, 1857 1-3

ANOTHER SHEBOYGAN PROPELLER. -- We are pleased to chronicle another addition to the marine of Sheboygan in the FOUNTAIN CITY propeller, now being built at Cleveland by our enterprising townsman J.F. Kirkland, Esq. The propeller is said to be, by all odds, the strongest and best built of any on the lakes, and registers 800 tons. -- Sheboygan Times.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Thursday, April 30, 1857

      PROPELLER FOUNTAIN CITY. -- A new propeller of 820 tons, from the yard of Peck & Masters, Cleveland bearing the above name, came into our port on Monday. She is of the largest class, commanded by Capt. Ball, and altogether, is an ornament to her builders. As regards looks, she has no superior on the lakes. She belongs to the Central Railroad Chicago Line, and will leave on Saturday for that port.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Wednesday, August 5, 1857

Steam screw FOUNTAIN CITY. U. S. No. 9680. Of 820 tons. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1857. First home port, Cleveland, Ohio. DISPOSITION.-- Burnt May 5, 1896 at Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Fountain City (Propeller), U9680, 1 Aug 1857