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Keystone (Tug), U161014, 18 Apr 1891

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      An excursion Steamer and a Steel Tug Baptized Today.
      A notable addition to Buffalo's list of excursion steamers was made this morning by the launch of the steamer PILGRIM, which Is to ply on the river and lake this summer. The new boat promises to be the best In the harbor. She is 125 feet long and 26 foot beam, and will have three decks. The cabins are to be finished in antique oak and the whole vessel lighted by electricity. The PILGRIM is of unusual structural strength, and to insure perfect safety the hull has been divided into nine watertight compartments.
      The vessel's entire equipment is furnished by Buffalo firms. The boiler, which was made by Mr. Ritter, is 7 feet 8 inches in diameter, 12 feet 6 inches long, and is allowed 150 pounds of steam. The engine, which is of the fore and aft compound condensing type, was made by Sutton Bros.
      A feature of the new steamer which will commend itself to the public Is that the furnaces will burn hard coal, so there will be no smoke nuisance.
The PILGRIM will not be completed for a month, but she is already chartered by the Knights of Maccabees for May 30 and the Knights of Pythias for June 8.
      The new steel tug which David Bell has been building for the Keystone Lumber Company of Ashland, Wis., was launched this morning from Mr. Bell's shipyard. The measurements of the tug are as follows; Length over all, 90 feet; beam 19 feet; moulded depth, 11 feet.
      The KEYSTONE is furnished with a fore and aft compound engine of the following dimensions: Diameter of cylinders 18 and 34 inches with 36 inch stroke. Steam is furnished by a steel boiler, 8 feet 6 inches in diameter, and 14 feet long, which will carry 130 pounds pressure. The boat will be ready for sea in 30 days.
Mr. Bell said that this was the 37th iron and steel vessel which has been launched from his yard, and he has laid the keels of two more, a tug and a yacht.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      April 18, 1891

The new steel tug KEYSTONE, built by David Bell for the Asland Lumber Co., left for that port Saturday. The KEYSTONE is a 90 foot tug and an exceptionally powerful boat; she has a high stack and her wheel house is over the forward part of her boiler room.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      May 25, 1891

Steam screw KEYSTONE. U. S. No. 161014. Of 94.43 tons gross; 54.63 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y. 1891. Home port, Marquette, Mich. 82.0 x 19.0 x 11.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895

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Keystone (Tug), U161014, 18 Apr 1891