The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Amboy (Propeller), 29 Aug 1881

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The fine new steambarge AMBOY, building at the Milwaukee ship-yard, will probably be launched one week from today. She is of the following dimensions: Length of keel, 150 feet, breadth of beam, 30 feet, depth of hold, 9 feet 6 inches. She is supplied with 5-inch frames. Her planks, inside and out are 4 inches. Her engine and boiler, though second-hand, are in the best condition, having been thoroughly overhauled. She is supplied with a double engine. Her machinery was formerly in the big tug MUIR. Her cost complet will be $45,000. She will run in the lumber trade between east-shore ports and Chicago. She will be commanded by Captain Dan Sullivan, brother of Captain Dennis Sullivan, of the schooner MOONLIGHT.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, August 29, 1881

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Amboy (Propeller), 29 Aug 1881