The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fred McBrier (Propeller), 30 Aug 1881

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Erie Dispatch. -- The new steambarge FRED McBRIER arrived in Erie yesterday on her first trip. She was built at Bay City this summer for James McBrier & Co., and made her maiden trip from Bay City to Buffalo with 475,000 feet of lumber. Her dimensions are: 160 feet keel; 31 beam and 12 hold; tonnage 440 tons. She has a compound engine and steam boiler 8 x 16. Captain C. S. Geel, late in command of the barge KEEPSAKE, has charge over her.
      On the trial trip she proved to be an excellent craft. Her tow to Bay City, for which place she left yesterday, consisted of the barges JOHN SHERMAN and IDA CORNING. Messrs. Harvey and Fred McBrier, after whom the boat was named, left for a trip on the lakes with her.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 30, 1881

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Fred McBrier (Propeller), 30 Aug 1881