The new steambarge being built by Wolf & Davidson, at Milwaukee, will be completed this month, and will be called BUSINESS.
July 11, 1881
The new steambarge BUSINESS will be launched at Milwaukee Saturday. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel, 192 feet; overall, 205 feet; breadth of beam, 34 feet; depth of hold amidships from base line, 20 feet. The engine and boiler, though second hand, are said to be in good condition. They were formerly in the propeller CITY OF TOLEDO, and have been overhauled. The cylinder is 25 x 36; boiler 18 feet long by 7½ feet. She has three masts, but only two are provided with sails. The third is to be used as a derrick to unload her cargo. Her foreboom is 35 feet long; mainboom 45 feet with about 50 feet hoist. She has five hatches. She is supplied with an Emerson patent windlass and capstan, and has all modern improvements. Her windlass is on the second or main deck. Her anchors are on the third deck. The keel of the barge was laid in March last and she is now ready for launching. It is expected that she will be completed and ready for sea by Sept. 1. It is estimated that she will carry ?,200 tons. If not sold before her completion she will run by her owners. It is likely that Captain Anderson, now in charge of the wrecking tug LEVIATHAN, will take charge of the BUSINESS.
The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June/Sept., 1881
Steam screw BUSINESS. U. S. No. 3163. Of 985.62 tons gross; 772.54 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1881. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 191.0 x 34.7 x 17.7
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891