The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Arctic (Tug), U106040, 3 Dec 1881

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Chicago Tribune. -- The boiler was placed aboard the big tug ARCTIC, of the Goodrich Transportation Company, Tuesday. The boiler, together with the engines, were built at this port by A. C. Mason. The engines, two in number, have sixteen-inch cylinders and eighteen-inch stroke. The boiler is six feet in diameter and eighteen feet long. This power, it is claimed, will be ample for the most severe service to be performed. The model of the ARCTIC is lean aft and full forward, with a tapering stem and keel. This reduces the depth of hold forward materially, and is calculated to enable her to run out upon firm ice, so as to bear it down bodily with her weight. In order to gain the strength necessary for encountering and penetrating fields of thick ice, her frames have been made unusually heavy, and, for a distance of twenty-five feet from the stem, are set so close together that they present the appearance of a solid wall of oak. Several heavy breast-hooks, running from the stem to the end of this wall, and securely braced and kneed, serve to knit the whole together so as to render it as firm as a rock. A water-tight bulkhead across the end of this solid wall of oak promises absolute security against sinking in the event that the ice should cause a break forward. The tug has a keel sixty-three feet four inches. Her breadth of beam amidships is sixteen and a half feet, and greatest depth of hold nine feet. The hull of the tug is sheathed with iron throughout her entire length, boiler iron three-eighths of an inch thick being used to cover the solid portion of the hull forward, and from this point aft No. 10 iron. It is calculated that in trim for service she will draw four feet of water forward and eight and a half feet aft. The tug has been built in strict accordance with the views of Captain T. G. Burlin, superintendent of the Goodrich Line of Steamers, and it is said that she embodies the conclusions reached by him after years of study. Her cost complete will not be less that $17.000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, December 2, 1881

Steam screw ARCTIC. U. S. No. 106040. Of 52.97 tons gross; 26.49 tons net. Built Manitowoc, Wis., 1881. Home port,
Milwaukee, Ill. 64.0 x 18.0 x 9.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S. 1891

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Arctic (Tug), U106040, 3 Dec 1881