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John B. Lyon (Propeller), U76199, 11 Feb 1881

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Quayle's Sons' Yard. -- There is more activity at this yard than any other in the city. A large number of men are engaged in pushing forward to completion the three steam barges at present under construction. The JOHN B. LYONS, building for Captain Frank Perew, is the nearest completed. They are all ready to begin "putting ways under her," and she will probably be launched some time next week. Her spars, and her engines and boilers, which were constructed by the King Iron Works at Buffalo, will be put in after she is launched. Captain John Perew will command her.
The CITY OF ROME has all her strapping completed. She has double the amount of iron straps usual. The upper chord is 8 x 1 inch; the chord underneath is in the form of an arch 18 x 1 inch. The planking is begun, and the bottom is about planked on the outside. She is sealed inside, and both deck frames are in. She will be commanded by Captain B. S. Wolvin. Her owners are Messrs. H. J. and R. K. Winslow, Captain B. S. Wolvin, and Mr. B. L. Pennington.
      The barge CUMBERLAND is all sealed, and the lower deck frames are in. The shelf piece for the upper deck is being put on, and the iron strapping outside has been commenced. The upper chord is started. Another upper chord in the form of an arch goes on the outside, and is fastened to the strapping. In addition to this there will be another arch aft 5 x 1 inch extending from aft of the engine forward ninety feet. She is building for Mr. W. S. Winslow, of Buffalo, and will be commanded by Captain John Coulter.
      As soon as the JOHN B. LYON is launched the keel will be laid for another vessel 260 feet long, thirty-eight feet beam, and twenty-three feet hold. She is to be iron strapped similar to those now building, and will be launched and delivered about August 15th. Her engine and boiler are being constructed by the Globe Iron Works. She is to be built for Captain Thomas Wilson and Messrs. J. E. Upson; Thomas Quayle, and George L. Quayle.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, February 11, 1881

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      The J. B. LYONS Launched Yesterday Afternoon.
Despite the extreme cold weather and the snow storm, the steamship JOHN B. LYONS was launched yesterday at the ship-yard of Messrs. T. Quayle Sons. A large number gathered to see the vessel enter the water. The arrangements were all perfected early, and promptly at 3 o'olock Mr. Thomas E. Ouayle, senior member of the firm,
      Gave The Signal,
and the boat moved gracefully into the water, where she set as slick as could be. This was the subject of much comment, and her general appearance received many favorable remarks from vessel captains, of whom there was quite a number present. Captain Frank Perew, her owner, was well pleased with his vessel.
      The following are some of
      The Leading features
Of the construction of the JOHN B. LYONS: Length of keel, 255 feet; length of deck, 270 feet; breadth of beam, 38 feet; depth of hold, 20 feet. The size of the keel is as follows: Sided, 14 inches; molded, 10 inches; frame molded at center, 16 inches; frame molded at bilge, 14 inches; frame molded at top, 8 inches. The extra floors have a 6-inch fitch, with futtocks. The main keelsons are 16 x 16 inches; floor keelsons, 10, 9, 8, and 6 inches. The ceiling from bilge to the lower deck is 6 inches. The garboard strakes are 6 inches thick, and the extra garboard 5 inches. The planking outside is 5 inches thick. The shelf pieces for the lower deck are 6, 5 and 4 inches thick. The lower deck beams are 10 x 10 inches, and the upper ones 6 x 7 inches. There are six breast hooks, two with pointers forward. There are four masts, and two tow posts. The size of the iron for the upper chord is 10 x 7/8 inches, joined by rivets 1¼ inches in diameter. The diagonal iron straps are 5 x ½ inches.
      The Engine
is being put in by Mr. H. G. Trout, of Buffalo. It is a double Perry & Lay compound engine. There are four cylinders, two 22 inches high pressure, and two 42 inch low pressure. Both have a 48-inch stroke. The engine stands 32 feet.
      The Two Steam Boilers
Are 5/8 inch Otis make. They are 9 ½ feet skull diameter, only 16½ feet long. The boilers are 120 pounds pressure, and weigh thirty tons apiece. She has two smoke jacks. The bed plate weighs 9 tons. The wheel is 12 feet in diameter, with a lead of 15 feet. It is what is known as the Buffalo wheel. A life-size lion is her figurehead. The was carved by Mr. Herkimer. She was built for the grain trade, and is supposed to carry 80,000 bushels of corn or 70,000 bushels of wheat, with a draught of 15 feet of water. On the way up she will carry coal, and grain back from Chicago to Buffalo. She is adapted to the iron trade also. She will be commanded by Captain John Perew, and her engineer will be Mr. Adam Hague, of Buffalo. Her cost is about $115,000. As yet she is not chartered, but she will probably carry a load of coal to Chicago on her first trip.
      The Messrs. Quayle soon expect to lay the keel for the vessel they are to build for Captain Wilson and others.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, March 2, 1881

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New Vessels. -- The Herald has from time to time published items concerning the new craft building in this city, and to-day publishes it complete for the benefit of those who may not have seen it formerly:
      The Messrs. Quayle's Sons employ about three hundred men in their yard. One of the vessels, the JOHN B. LYON, they have been building, was launched last week. She was of the following dimensions: Length of keel, 255 feet; width of beam, 38 feet; depth of hold, 20 feet. Her owner is Captain Frank Perew, of Buffalo, and she will be commanded by Captain John Perew, who was in the SAM FLINT last season. She cost $115,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, March 12, 1881

Steam screw JOHN B. LYON. U. S. No. 76199. Of 1,710.33 tons gross; 1,330.82 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1881. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 225.9 x 38.8 x 20.0 Of 1,426 Nomin al horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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John B. Lyon (Propeller), U76199, 11 Feb 1881