The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wisconsin (Propeller), 1 Oct 1881

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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.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, March 10, 1881

NOTE:- The two Goodrich Transportation Company boats building are the MICHIGAN and WISCONSIN.
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      Detroit, Oct. 11. -- The iron propeller WISCONSIN, built at Wyandotte by the Detroit Dry Dock Company for the Goodrich Transportation Company of Chicago, and intended to run between Grand Haven and Milwaukee, was successfully launched this afternoon at 4 o'clock. She will be towed to Detroit tomorrow to receive her cabin.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, October 12, 1881

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THE PROPELLER WISCONSIN. -- The following is a description of the new propeller WISCONSIN, which was launched at Wyandotte Tuesday. The vessel was built for the Goodrich Company:
      The WISCONSIN is exactly similar to the MICHIGAN, which was built at the same yard for the same company, and launched on August 20th, a full description of which was published in the Herald. Her dimensions are: Length of keel 200 feet; length over all, 215 feet; beam, 34 feet; molded depth, 15 feet 6 inches; depth of hold, 10 feet. The difference between the depth of her hold and her molded depth is due to a water space between her bottom and floor, both of which are iron. This can be filled with water to ballast the ship when she is light and make her more steady when she has a large deck load and very little in the hold. A steam pump is placed in her for the purpose of removing this water in a short time when it is not wanted. The hold is divided by five watertight bulkheads, which makes her almost unsinkable.
      Motion will be imparted to the steamer by a compound engine, with cylinders 27 and 44 x 40 inches, built by the Dry-dock Engine Works. Her boiler is ten feet in diameter and sixteen feet long, built of the best steel in the most approved style. She is provided with a Providence capstan windlass, and her fit out is 1,000 tons on a draft of twelve feet of water, even keel, and will cost, when completed, about $150,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, October 13, 1881

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Wisconsin (Propeller), 1 Oct 1881