J.H. GLIDDEN. This is the name of the new steam barge being built at Cleveland for Captain C.P. Minch, as ascertained by a Post & Tribune reporter who has just returned from a flying trip to that city. The name was learned under the most adverse circumstances, but is undoubtedly correct. The boat will be launched on Saturday, June 21, instead of today as had been announced. She is 222 feet keel; over all or on deck, 238 feet. Beam 35 feet; lower hold 12 feet, upper hold 8 feet 4 inches. Her general style of build greatly resembles that of the steam barge E.B. HALE, of Capt. Bradley's fleet, and probably for thoroughness has no superior on the lakes. Aside from the ordinary features in all well constructed crafts of her kind, she presents some points which are so novel, and withal so appropriate, as to merit more than a passing notice. From her main keelson to her bilge, her bottom is composed of alternate plank and kelson, making nine in all of both, on each side, and, running fore and aft. She is keyed off every six feet with three and one half inch oak keys which are so put in as to lock the frames, over the boiler are 20 iron deck frames, while every deck frame her entire length is strongly kneed off. Down through the covering board and 6 inches into the end of each frame is a 1-1/2 inch auger hole, intended for salt. Instead of requiring to be plugged in the ordinary manner, an iron pipe is fitted into the top of these holes, on which a cap is screwed, so as to be removed at pleasure. The main cabin is aft, and after the usual style on steam barges, only more roomy. The captain's room and office are forward. She has three spars, but will carry no canvas on the mizzen; two low pressure engines 36 x 42 inch cylinders, built by the Globe Iron Works. The boiler is 12 feet shell. Connected with the pony engine is a 10 inch steam pump. Her carrying capacity has not yet been ascertained accurately but on 14 foot draft, figures made for the Post & Tribune indicate that she will measure about 1,600 tons. She will be commanded by Capt. W.J. Trinter, last season in the schooner C.P. MINCH, than whom no better seaman sails, and who has been superintending her construction. Messrs. Radcliffe & Langell are her builders, and they have the reputation of turning out first-class work. Undoubtedly the GLIDDEN will be a handsome addition to the lake marine, and a source of pride to both owner and builders.
Detroit Post & Tribune
Saturday, June 14, 1879
Yesterday afternoon, shortly after 5 o'clock, the new steam barge J.N. GLIDDEN was successfully launched at Cleveland from the shipyard of Messrs. Radcliffe & Langell. She has already been quite fully and correctly described in the Post & Tribune, so that no repetition now is needed. She is the property of Capt. C.P. Minch, and, we believe, is the only steam barge in that gentleman's large fleet
Detroit Post & Tribune
Sunday, June 22, 1879
Steam screw JOHN N. GLIDDEN. U. S. No. 76080. Of 1,322.60 tons gross; 986 tons net. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1880-1881