The Toledo & Saginaw Transportation Company are building a barge of the following dimensions: 130' keel, 140' overall x 22' x 9' 6". She is to have the engines that were taken out of the ESTABROOK two years ago and previous to that were in use in the tug DAN RHODES.
Port Huron Daily Times
Wednesday, November 4, 1874
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The new boat just built at Marine City by D. Lester was launched yesterday. She is 145 over all x 26 x 10. She 26' 6" over the guards. From the main to the cabin deck she is entirely enclosed, and between the restaurant and the ladies cabin aft, there is considerable room for freight, and more below if needed. The ladies cabin is to be very handsonely furnished and is about 16 x 20 in size. The forward cabin is 37' long by 17' wide; seats will be placed on either side, handsomely upholstered, this and the cabin aft (17 x 32) are roomy and well lighted. Connecting the two is a 10' passageway and 12 state rooms each 6' square. The pilot house stands forward, 8' square and 11' high. At its base a second staircase leades to the main deck. Her machinery is that of the old ESTABROOK, with the exception of new cylinders, steam chest and some other repairs and additions. She has two high pressure double engines acting on one shaft, her wheel is 8' in diameter; her boiler is 6' 11" shell, 14' 6" long. She is supplied with a pony engine to feed the boiler, wash decks, etc. Her name is GLADYS.
Port Huron Daily Times
Friday, May 21, 1875
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TUG SOLD. -- The tug GLADYS was sold at Marine City recently to a Mr. Cameron, of Collingwood, for $14,000 in gold.
November 1, 1876
AT COLLINGWOOD. -- A Collingwood firm has purchased the American propeller GLADYS, changed her name to that of NORTHERN BELLE, and will run her from Collingwood to Sault Ste. Marie. The propeller SEYMOUR and steamer SILVER SPRAY will run on the same route this season. The propeller CITY OF OWEN SOUND, fitted as a first class passenger boat, and the steamer CUMBERLAND and FRANCES SMITH, it is also said, will resume their places on the Collingwood and Lake Superior Line. The steamer WAUBUNO will run on the Parry Sound route.
Friday, April 13, 1877
Steam screw GLADYS.* U. S. No. 85422. Of 337 gross tons. Built Marine City, Mi., 1875. 129.0 x 22.6 x 9.5.
* Renamed NORTHERN BELLE - Canada - 1879 [C 71111 ]
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