The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
D. Ballentine (Propeller), 1 Apr 1873

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      The large four masted steamer built at Ballentine & Co.'s shipyard, in Bay City, the past winter, was launched Wednesday afternoon and named D.M. BALLENTINE.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 18, 1873 3-5

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      The new 4 masted stm. D. BALLENTINE, Capt. R. Ballentine was in port for the first time yesterday. Her first grain cargo consisted of 47,841 bu. corn from Chicago for Messrs. Preston & Wright of this city. The D. BALLENTINE was built at Bay City for Messrs. D. Ballentine & Co. She is of the largest class, possessing great steam power, having 5 engines and 2 wheels.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 21, 1873 3-5

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      The stmb. BALLENTINE, which we mentioned Saturday as in port, will remain several days for the purpose of having her machinery perfected. Her engines were constructed at the well known works of David Bell, of this city. No less than 4 cities contributed to the make up of this craft. The hull was built at Bay City, engines at Buffalo, boilers at Detroit, and the sails came from Cleveland. Mr. Ballentine claims that in strength of build she exceeds anything before built, and also that her steam power is greater than anything on the lakes. Her engines are larger by one inch than those of the prop. CHINA , her cylinders being 37 inches in diameter and 36 inch stroke. She has 2 boilers which allow of 75 lbs. pressure, some 25 lbs. more than is needed. Her propulsion power consists of one wheel or the Philadelphia pattern, 10 1/2 ft. in diameter, driven by 2 engines of the size mentioned. Besides which she carries a liberal supply of canvas, having 4 masts and improved wire rigging. When light her large wheel is entirely submerged, giving her great towing power as well light as when loaded.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 23, 1873 3-6

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D. Ballentine (Propeller), 1 Apr 1873