The two new iron screw freighters in course of construction at Wyandotte for the Goodrich Transportation Company will be 215 feet over all, 34 feet 6 inches beam, and 14 feet 6 inches hold; cargo capacity 1,000 tons on 12 feet of water. An iron screw steamer on the stocks at the same place is for the Anchor Line. She is an exact duplicate of the LEHIGH -- 250 feet long, 36 feet beam, 17 feet hold, capacity 2,000 tons -- and will be named the CLARION.
Thursday, March 10, 1881
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Anothern iron steamer is on the stocks at Wyandotte for the Erie and WesternTransportation Company, better known as the Anchor Line. Her dimensions are 250 feet in length, 36 feet beam, and 17 feet hold; capacity 2,000 tons. Her engine will be compounded, with 27 and 44 inch cylinders, and 40 inch stroke. The boiler is 12 feet in diameter by 14 feet 6 inches in length, with three circular furnaces; diameter of screw wheel, 11 feet. The name of the boat is the CLARION. She will be commanded by Captain H.A. Sisson, who has just resigned from the GORDON CAMPBELL.
June 16, 1881
Detroit, July 27. -- The propeller CLARION was successfully launched at Wyandotte at 3 P. M. She draws three feet four forward, and seven feet seven aft.
The propeller CLARION was built at the Detroit Dry Dock Company's iron shipbuilding yard at Wyandotte, under the supervision of F. Albert Kirby, the drawings, etc., being furnished by Frank E. Kirby, of the Dry Dock Company. She is, in appearance, the exact sister to the propeller LEHIGH, launched at the same yard last fall, the only difference between the ships being in the boiler and machinery. She is of the following dimensions:
Length of keel 241 feet 4 inches; over all 255 feet 4 inches; beam 35 feet 6 inches; depth of hold 17 feet. She is expected to carry 1,940 tons on a draft of fourteen feet of water.
She has a compound engine, the cylinders of which are 27 and 41 x 40, which was built at the Dry Dock Engine Works at Detroit. The boiler, which was built at Wyandotte, is also called compound, being contained in a circular shell with ?? projections for fire-boxes. It has three furnaces and is 12 feet in diameter by 14 feet 6 inches long, built of 5/8ths steel.
The CLARION is single decked and is strengthened by hold beams. Her keel was laid last December. At the same yard there are building two iron propellers for the Goodrich Line, one of which will be launched in about a month.
July 28, 1881
Steam screw CLARION. U. S. No. 125937. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1881. Home port, Erie, Pa. Of 1,711.97 tons gross; 1,513.33 tons net. 240.9 x 36.1 x 15.5
Merchant Vessel List, U. S. 1891