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Wissahickon (Propeller), U80598, 3 Sep 1876

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THE WISSAHICKON. - The new propeller WISSAHICKON, of the Anchor Line, made a trial trip Thursday afternoon, and the party on board had nothing but words of praise for the fine boat. The prominent gentlemen on hoard were Messrs. E. T. Evans; W. Bullard; Capt.'s Briggs and M. M. Drake. The boat was built at the Union ship yards, and the last named person superintended her construction. She draws 8½ aft and 4 feet forward. In build she is similar to the Union Steamboat Company's propeller PORTAGE, being 235 feet keel; 250 feet over all; 36 feet beam, and 15 feet 3 inches hold. Her engine, which is the celebrated Perry & Lay compound, was built at the King Iron Works, and has been fully described in the Courier heretofore. The wire-rigging and outfit are from the extensive establishment of Messrs. Vosburgh & Baker, and the lamps were furnished by Messrs. Felthousen & Russell. The Anchor Line paid about $90,000 for the WISSAHICKON complete, and took formal possession of her yesterday. --- Buffalo Courier.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, September 4, 1876

THE WISSAHICKON. -- This new propeller, belonging to the Anchor Line, was expected up last evening upon her first trip. Her dimensions are as follows: 235 feet length of keel and 250 feet over all, 36 feet breadth of beam and 15 feet 3 inches depth of hold. The Custom House measurement giver her 1,519 53-100 tonnage. She was intended to be a duplicate of the Union Line steamer PORTAGE, and is so in every respect, except being about six inches wider. It is thought she will carry a little more than the PORTAGE, which has carried 1,900 to 2,000 tons. A cabin, 100 feet long, on the upper deck provides elegant and comfortable quarters for the officers. The boat with outfit complete cost about $90,000. The following officers have been appointed: Captain, H. A. Sisson; D. P. Stewart, first engineer; Michael Hughes, second engineer. --- Detroit Tribune, Sept. 5th.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, September 7, 1876
Steam screw WISSAHICKON. U. S. No. 80598. Of 1,619.53 tons gross; 1,423.37 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y. 1876. Home port, Erie, Pa.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Wissahickon (Propeller), U80598, 3 Sep 1876