The steam barge EAST SAGINAW has been practically made anew, only enough of her old timber on her hull being retained to keep her name and model. She has been enlarged from 235 to 350 tons burthen, new built from her keelson up, new and larger upper works, a finely finished cabin put on capable of accommodating several passengers, new steel boiler carrying 28 pounds more steam than her old boiler, and the boat thoroughly made every whit as good as a brand new vessel.
The barges consorts the S.H. ATHROP, LIGHT GUARD and RUSSIAN have all been overhauled, new frames and new stern put in where needed, and all repainted and put in first-class order. The old EAST SAGINAW is said to be the fastest steam barge on the lakes, making her 16 miles an hour easily, so perfect was her model, but her gallant captain Harry Richardson, who has been giving her building his personal direction, says that she will make better time than ever, and with her fleet of three consorts, carrying nearly a million and a half feet of lumber, will hold her own with any barge that plows old Erie.
Mr. Nelson Parsons, the master builder in the job, may well be proud of the thorough work shown in the rebuilding and overhauling of Messrs. Gilchrist & Co's vessels.
Detroit Post & Tribune
Monday, June 9, 1879
The steam barge EAST SAGINAW was launched at Vermontville Thursday. She has been thoroughly rebuilt.
Port Huron Daily Times
Friday, April 25, 1879
Steam Screw EAST SAGINAW. U. S. No. 8106. Of 235 tons. Built 1866 at Marine City, Mich. First home port, Detroit, Mich. Lost off Sand Beach harbor, September 24,
Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S., 1790 - 1868
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