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W. B. Castle (Tug), U26860, 17 Apr 1862

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The new tug W.B. CASTLE, built during the winter for Messrs. Harmon, Coe & Hackett, by Peck & Masters, for service between the lakes, made a trial trip yesterday afternoon, running some 8 miles out into the lake. The result was most satisfactory to her owners and the many experienced gentlemen who were aboard, who concurred in pronouncing her an admirable boat in every respect. Her motion is peculiarly easy, regular and gentle and scarecly a ripple is left in her track. We have before given her dimensions. Her machinery is from the Cuyahoga Works. The boiler is 8 ft. in diameter and 20 ft. long, larger than many propellers of 300 tons; cylinder 26 inches in diameter and 30 inches stroke. Capt. Coe, a thorough gentleman as well as seaman, will command her, and expects to leave for the Flats Saturday evening. The W.B. CASTLE is certainly an ornament to the tug family.
      Cleveland Leader
      April 18, 1862 3-1

Steam screw W.B. CASTLE. U. S. No. 26860. Of 172.77 tons gross; 110.55 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1862. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 114.0 x 20.0 x 18.0 Of 275 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

SHIPBUILDING AT CLEVELAND. -- The number and tonnage of vessels built at Cleveland exceeds any previous year. There have been built and put in commision: (from Cleveland Herald)
      Propeller S. D. CALDWELL 757 tons burthen.
      Propeller TIOGA 459 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug Wm. B. CASTLE 221 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug AJAX 55 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug MARS 55 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug WINSLOW 265 tons burthen.
      Propeller tug ROBT. ANDERSON 175 tons burthen.
      Barque TWILIGHT 895 tons burthen.
      Barque CHENANGO 884 tons burthen.
      Barque P. C. SHERMAN 566 tons burthen.
      Barque UNADILLA 569 tons burthen.
      Barque NORTH WEST 628 tons burthen.
      Barque KATE DARLEY 567 tons burthen.
      Barque GOLDEN FLEECE 609 tons burthen.
      Barque SUNRISE 598 tons burthen.
      Barque GEORGE SHERMAN 405 tons burthen.
      Barque PARANA 559 tons burthen.
      Barque SUPERIOR 574 tons burthen.
      Schooner HOWELL POPPOCK 408 tons burthen.
      Total of all classes 19: Tonnage 8,318 tons.
      Buffalo daily Courier
      Wednesday, June 4, 1862 (condensed)

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W. B. Castle (Tug), U26860, 17 Apr 1862