The mammoth propeller built by Ballentine Bros., near Bay City was launched Wednesday, and named the D. BALLENTINE.
Port Huron Daily Times
Thursday, April 17, 1873
MORE OF THE STEAM BARGE BALLENTINE. -- The steam barge BALLENTINE, whicg 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, Esq., of this city. No less than four 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, Ohio. 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 propeller CHINA, her cylinders being 37 inches in diameter and 36 inch stroke. She has two boilers which allow of 75 lbs. pressure, some 25 lbs. more than is needed. Her propulsion power consists of one wheel of the Philadelphia pattern, 10 feet 6 inches in diameter, driven by two engines of the size mentioned. Besides which she carries a liberal supply of canvas, having four 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
Steam screw DAVID BALLENTINE. U. S. No. 6768. Of 972.13 tons gross; 595.58 tons net. Of 800 H. P. Built Bangor, Mich, 1873. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884