The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iron Duke (Propeller), 9 Mar 1881

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The new steam barge on the stocks at Detroit, for the Detroit Transportation Company, will be named IRON DUKE.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, March 9, 1881

At Detroit the Dry Dock Company are building a wooden screw steamer for the Detroit Transportation Company, 225 feet long, with 35 feet beam and 20 feet hold. She will also carry four masts, provided with fore-and-aft canvas. A force of men are at present engaged in getting out the frames for this craft at Flint, Mich. IRON DUKE is the name chosen for the steamer.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, March 10, 1881

Detroit Free Press. -- The fine new steamship IRON DUKE, built at the Detroit dry dock, is on her first trip to Cleveland. The IRON DUKE is without doubt the finest and strongest steamship on the lakes, and also presents a very handsome appearance, her lines being very fine and her proportions excellent. Every labor saving appliance which adds to the excellence of a ship is placed on her and nothing in the way of outfit is wanting. John C. Parker, master-builder, deserves much credit for turing out so complete a ship, and her commander is justly proud of his boat. She is officered as follows: Captain, James Millen; first mate, R. B. Millen; secone mate, B. Chamberlain; chief engineer, William Barr; second engineer, James Peo.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, April 29, 1881

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Iron Duke (Propeller), 9 Mar 1881