The new steamship built by Morley Bros. at Marine City, which has been at this port for some time receiving her machinery, has been named SILVANUS J. MACY, and that name will be seen on her colors, which will be hoisted today, (Sunday) for the first time. Silvanus J. Macy for whom the ship is named, is one of Josiah Macy's sons, of New York, and is now a member of the firms of Silvanus J. Macy & Co., bankers of Sodus Pt., N.Y., and of S.R. Stewart & Co., coal shippers of Rochester. He has been connected with several railroads as receiver, etc. and is one of the best known businessmen in Rochester. The steamship is 182 ft. long, 32 ft. beam and 13 ft. hold. She is strengthened by 2 iron arches in the hold, and is built solid to the rail, all spikes and bolt heads being bunged in the outside from the keel to the rail. Her frames are all grooved, and her hull specially adapted to receive salt for the preservation of the wood. She is supplied with a Globe works patent windlass, is 3 masted, single decked, and has her pilot house forward. Her officers quarters aft are neat and comfortable, and the whole ship has received a very fine finish. She is intended for the general freight trade, and will be ready for work by the middle of the week. Her engine is a steeple compound, with cylinders cylinders 21 and 38 by 34 inches, and was manufactured by Christie & DeGroff, at the Frontier Engine Works. Her boiler was made by Thomas McGregor, and is of half inch steel, 9 ft. in diameter by 15 ft. long. Her complete outfit was furnished by James P. Donaldson of this city.
Detroit Post & Tribune
July 24, 1881 7-1
The new steamship, built by Morley Bros., at Marine City, which has been at Detroit for some time receiving her machinery, has been named SYLVANUS J. MACY. She is 182 feet long, 32 feet beam and 13 feet hold. She is strengthened by two iron arches in the hold and is built solid to the rail, three-masted, single decked and has her pilot-house forward.
July 28, 1881
The new steamship S.J. MACY has been sold by Morley Brothers, to the Peninsular Transportation Company. She will be used by them to tow their schooners, ISHPEMING and JOHN BURT.
Friday, July 29, 1881
Steam screw SILVANUS J. MACY. U. S. No. 115834. Of 752 tons gross; 613 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1881. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 164.6 x 31.8 x 11.4 Crew of 12. Of 700 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902