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Northerner (Propeller), U67128, 13 May 1876

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ANOTHER LARGE PROPELLER. - By the destruction of the propeller PHIL SHERIDAN by fire last fall, a vacancy was caused In Ward's Lake Superior Line of boats, and although steamboat men do not expect an extraordinary season next summer, Captain Ward has sufficient faith in marine investments to begin the construction of what will he one of the largest propellers on the lakes. She is building at Marine City, and is to be of the following dimensions : Length of keel 240 feet, bean 34 feet, and depth of hold 14½ feet. She will be so constructed that she can run in the grain or coal trade and carry passengers.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, February 14, 1876

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THE BEST BUILT BOAT EVER POISED ON STOCKS IN MARINE CITY. -- The new propeller, which is to supply the place made vacant by burned PHIL SHERIDAN. Is being pushed rapidly forward to completion. The boat is 235 feet long over all; length of keel, 230 feet; beam 34 feet six inches; depth of hold in shoalest place, 14 feet; dead-rise, 1¼ inch to the foot. She is some 20 feet longer than the CITY OF DULUTH, with more graceful lines and harmonious proportions. The boat is for Ward's Lake Superior Line, and so constructed as to carry iron ore or grain and passengers. She will be one of the largest propellers on the lakes, and will be furnished with sufficient power to drive her ahead with more than average speed. Mr. D. H. Westcott, a veteran builder, superintends her construction. Mr. J. J. Hill is her master builder. --- Marine City Gazette.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, February 28, 1876

      WARD'S NEW PROPELLER. -- The hull of Captain Ward's new propeller, which was brought down from Marine City on Monday, is now at the upper dry dock to receive her spars. The dimensions of the propeller are as follows: Length, 235 feet; beam, 34 feet 6 inches; hold, 14 feet. No further work will be done upon her at present, probably not until another winter. Meanwhile should the trade warrant it she will be used as a tow barge. Next winter, should the prospects of transportation be favorable, her engine and boiler will be placed within her and she will be fitted out as a first-class propeller, if not a better one than that. Captain Ward says she is the best boat he ever built, and he does not think it possible for wood and iron to be put together in any better or stronger manner than has been done in the hull of this propeller. She certainly has the appearance of being all that is claimed of her by her owner. --- Detroit Tribune.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, May 19, 1876

      The new boat built by Capt. B. H. Westcott for Eber Ward, Esq., was launched last Saturday in the presence of a large number of ladies and gentlemen. The day was pleasant, the launch perfect. By carpenters measurement the boat is 1100 tons, 235' x 34'. She will run between Buffalo and Duluth. It has arrived at Detroit, where she will be fitted up as a steam barge until next season, when she will be converted into a passenger propeller.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 17, 1876

Capt. Ward's new boat has been named the NORTHERNER. For the present she will be used as a barge and will be towed by the propeller ANNIE SMITH. Next season she will be fitted out as a passenger propeller and will run in connection with Ward's C. & P. Lake Superior Line.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, June 12, 1876

Steam screw NORTHERNER, U. S. No. 67128. Of 1391.41 tons gross; 1136.33 tons net. Built Marine City, Mich., 1876. Home port, Rochester, N.Y. of 220.0 x 37.0 x 13.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Northerner (Propeller), U67128, 13 May 1876