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Clyde (Propeller), U125946, 5 Apr 1881

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Ship Building. -- The Bay City correspondent of the Chicago Tribune writes: "F. M. Jones, the Buffalo builder who superintended the construction of the Anchor Line propellers CONEMAUGH and LYCOMING at this port last year, has taken the contract for building a steam-barge for F. L. Danforth and James Ash, of Buffalo, and Captain A. M. Graves, of Geneva, O., and has already laid the keel. This vessel is also being built at Wheeler's yard. Her dimensions will be: Length of keel, 245 feet; breadth of beam 36 feet 6 inches; depth of hold, 20 feet. She will be double decked, will carry three spars, will be diaginally iron-strapped, and have all the modern improvements. She will have a compouns engine, the low pressure 40 x 50 inches, the high pressure 30 x 42 inches. She will have two boilers of half-inch steel, 8 feet 6 inch shell, and 16 feet long. She is to be completed in August next, will cost $90,000, and is destined for the iron ore and grain trade."
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, April 5, 1881

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The steambarge CLYDE, built at Wheeler's shipyard, Bay City, for Buffalo parties, was successfully launched Tuesday. She is a four-master, 245 feet keel, 259 feet over all, 36 feet 6 inch beam, 19 feet 4 inches in the hold, 1,306 tons burthen, and cost $110,000. She will be commanded by Captain A. M. Graves.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 10, 1881
Steam screw CLYDE. U. S. No. 125946. Of 1306.76 tons gross; 1158.66 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich.,1881. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 256.0 x 36.6 x 19.3
      Mewrchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Clyde (Propeller), U125946, 5 Apr 1881