The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Transit (Ferry), 2 Jul 1872

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FERRY BOAT LAUNCH. -- The new railway ferry boat TRANSIT was launched at Walkerton, opposite Detroit Tuesday. The TRANSIT was commenced several months ago at Jenkins Brothers ship yard and has been fairly constructed in every detail. It is intended for the transportation of freight and passengers between Sarnia and Port Huron. She is propeller built and the materials used for the most part is white oak. There are, strictly speaking three decks, the first one on which are the double car tracks; the second extending around each side with a passenger cabin, the upper or hurricane upon which is the pilot house. The tracks are intended to carry ten cars, five on each single track every trip. On each side are various offices, staterooms of the captain and other officers. In addition are the passengers cabin, washrooms, closets, etc. The combination of the railway and passenger boat has been well made, with nothing lacking to make her aptly suitable for the object intended. Her length overall is 180 feet; her extreme width 65 feet, the burthen some 300 tons greater than the UNION. She has four engines of 9 inch stroke and two wheels. Her cost is $85,000.
      Port Huron Times
      July 11, 1872

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William R. McNeil
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Transit (Ferry), 2 Jul 1872