The newest and finest of the D. & C. Steamboat Co., steamers, the CITY OF MACKINAC, was launched at the iron yard of the Detroit Dock Co., at Wyandotte at 4 P. M. May 5th., she resembles the CITY OF CLEVELAND. She is 212 feet long overall and 60 feet wide over the guards. Keel 200 feet X 32feet. She has a beam engine with 44 inch cylinder and 10 foot stroke, which will work feathering wheels, 18 feet in diameter. One difference between this boat and the CITY OF CLEVELAND is the location of the shaft near the deck, which will be camped over it, as on the CITY OF MILWAUKEE. The cabin is 167 feet long. There are 60 staterooms upstairs and 6 in the ladies cabin below. The dining room and kitchen are aft, below decks. The new steamer cost $165,000 and will run between Detroit and Port Austin.
May 7, 1883
The newest and finest of the Detroit & Cleveland Steam Navigation Company's steamers, the CITY OF MACKINAC, was launched at the Detroit Dry-dock Company's iron ship-building yard at Wyandotte, at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The steamer is of iron, and is completed to the main deck. She will resembles in general appearance the steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND, which was built at the same yard four years ago, and which is now one of the most successful and popular steamers on the lakes. The dimensions of the new steamer are as follows: - Length of keel, 200 feet; length over all, 212 feet; beam 32 feet; breadth over the guards, 60 feet; depth of hold, 12½ feet. She will have a beam engine, with a cylinder 44 inches in diameter and 10 feet stroke. She will have feathering wheels 18 feet in diameter and 9 feet face, and two steel boilers capable of working at a pressure of fifty pounds to the square inch. One difference between this and the CITY OF CLEVELAND which is in favor of the new steamer is that the shaft will be nearly level with the deck, which will be ramped over it as in the steamer CITY OF MILWAUKEE. Her cabin is 167 feet long and has 60 staterooms upstairs and 6 in the ladies cabin below. The dining room and kitchen are aft, below decks. She has four watertight bulkheads. Her cabin will be elaborately finished, and no expense will be spared. She is intended to run on the route between Detroit and Port Austin. Her cost when completed will be upwards of $165,000.
J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883
Steam paddle CITY OF MACKINAC. U. S. No. 126150. Of 807.89 tons gross; 564.52 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1883. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 203.0 x 32.4 x 10.5
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885