The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Clair (Steamboat), 1 Mar 1866

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SHIPBUILDING AT DETROIT. - The following statement is taken from the Tribune:
Stewart McDonald's Yard. - There is being built a top-sail schooner for Brooks & Adams, 126 feet in length over all, 25 feet beam, and 7 feet depth of hold in the clear. She is intended for the lumber trade exclusively; and will carry 150,000 feet.
      Arrangements have been completed to commence the construction of a bark for Geo. W. Bissel & Co. She will be ready to launch about the 1st. of June, and probably earlier. Her dimensions will be 175 feet long, 35 feet beam, and 12 feet 6 inches depth of hold. She is intended to be a superior vessel every way, and will carry 32,000 bushels of grain.
      The scow ANGELIQUE is on the railway at this place, and is being partially rebuilt. She is to receive new spars and other necessary paraphernalia.
*The side-wheel steamer St. CLAIR is lying at the wharf, and we understand it is intended to put a new engine into her and turn her into a propeller. She is owned by Flower & Bro.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      March 7, 1866
      NEW LUMBER BARGES. - The increased demand for more freight capacity for lumber has induced those engaged in carrying it to enter more largely into the traffic. The hull of the steamer FOREST QUEEN is undergoing a thorough rebuild, for the transportation of lumber, at an expense of some $4,000, and in a short time will be ready for commission. With the exception of new decks and some other slight repairs, she is in sound condition, and well adapted for carrying a good load. The hull of the steamer St. CLAIR is undergoing similar improvements, and is nearly ready for service. Capt. John Strachan and Capt. R.J. Hackett, already interested in this trade, are the movers in these matters. - Detroit Free Press, 17.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 19, 1866

      RECONSTRUCTED. - Of the numerous barges which have been brought into service this season, transformed from steamers for that purpose, we noticed yesterday, the St. CLAIR, formerly a side-wheel steamer in the service of the Grand Trunk Company at Sarnia. She was purchased not long since by R.J. Hackett & Co., and since dismantled and rebuilt, possessing, to all appearances, but little of her former self. Notwithstanding she has previously seen some service her timbers are sound and, with slight additional improvements, so as to better fit her for the purpose she is needed, now constitutes as available a craft as is engaged in the traffic. She will carry about 300,000 feet of lumber safely through any weather, and will prove a reliable seagoing vessel. - Detroit Free Press.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 10, 1866

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St. Clair (Steamboat), 1 Mar 1866