Saturday afternoon one of the largest boats that has yet been built in Detroit was launched from the detroit Drydock Co.'s yard, the spectacle attracting a large number of people from all parts of this city. The boat is a double decked steamship, and as it loomed up on the stays seemed to be of almost collasl dimensions. She was comenced in November last, and much time, labor and money have been expended in making a first class boat in every respect. Her length overall is 225 ft. ; keel 212 ft.; beam 36 ft.; her depth, (upper) 12 ft. and (lower), ft. She has a carrying capacity of 1,600 tons. She is intended for grain transportation, and for the present will be used as a barge. After a while it is intended to place in her tow engines, on one shaft, of extra size and powers and make her a first class propeller barge. She has been thoroughly caulked and ceiled, and is now in readiness for her masts, which will soon be put in place. She is well provided with good sized state-rooms for her officers and ample accommodations for the crew. Everything is of the most substantial and solid description, and the work such as the famous shipbuilders who have built her always turn out. The cost, when entirely finished, is estimated at fully $75,000.
The launch itself was a complete success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who witnessed or participated in it. The time fixed for the event was 3:00. At that hour the last stay had been knocked from under her, but she did not budge. Men were set to work with the "rams" to move her, and were obliged to work for several minutes before she would consent to try the water. She soon commenced to move and soon glided off into the river easily and gracefully, without the least strain. As her bow reached the water and handsome streamer , of white ground and tinted with red and blue, floated out and the name INTER OCEAN was displayed. The boat floated far out into the river and then down, nearly opposite the Detroit and Milwaukee depot. Here the tug URANIA was on hand, and took the INTER OCEAN in tow, finally leaving her at the dock from whence she started.
August 12, 1872