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S. C. Baldwin (Propeller), U23957, 20 Mar 1871

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At 3:00 this afternoon, weather permitting, the new propeller which is being built for the Escanaba & Lake Michigan Transportation Co. will be launched at Campbell, Owen & Co.'s shipyard. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel, 160 ft.; length over all, 172 ft.; 30 ft. beam; depth of hold 12 ft. She wil be about 550 tons by the old custom house measurement. She has been built in every respect for an A1 vessel, and inspectors who have seen her on the stocks say she is the strongest boat ever built in a Detroit shipyard. In her construction the best 4 inch plank was used on the outside, and 5 and 6 inch plank on the inside, all thoroughly bolted, and the seasm keyed; a new feature for this part of the country. She is through and through bolted, and planked to the rail, inside and out. A raised floor has been built in the hold, two ft. above the bottom, on heavy timbers, to strengthen her for the heavy business of carrying ore, and also to bring her load higher and make her steadier.
      Her engine is being built by the Dry Dock Engine Works, and is first class. the cylinder is 26 inch bore and 32 inch stroke. A new feature in the engine is a double crank. The boiler is 18 ft. long and built of the best Wyandotte iron. The boat when complete will cost in the neighborhood of $45,000. She was designed by Capt. Kirby, and built under the supervision of Capt. Ira H. Owen, one of the owners. She is named the S.C. BALDWIN, after one of the officers of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and will be commanded by Capt. Hugh McGraw, of detroit. her engineer will be james Howard.
      As stated before, she will carry iron ore between Escanaba, Milwaukee and Chicago, towing the barge FANNY NEIL, which has been chartered for the season. The Company also owns the stmb. ST. CLAIR and tow barge A.L. POTTER, running in the same trade. They have a 5 year charter for all the ore they can carry. This season they expect to carry about 75,000 tons.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      March 20, 1871 3-4

The new prop. S.C. BALDWIN, recently launched at Detroit, is rapidly approaching completion.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 1, 1871 3-6

Steam screw S.C. BALDWIN. U. S. No. 23957. Of 418.18 tons. Home port, St. Clair, Mich. Of 287 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1871

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S. C. Baldwin (Propeller), U23957, 20 Mar 1871