The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Valley City (Steamboat), U161693, 8 Jul 1892

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A special from Grand Rapids says: "The new river steamer, the VALLEY CITY, was launched today without special ceremony, and will be immediately fitted up to ply on Grand River between this city and Grand Haven. The boat has a steel hull, is 170 feet in length and 29 feet beam, and will draw 5 feet of water when loaded. She was built by the Craig Company of Toledo for the Valley City Transportation Company, made up largely of local capital, and with her in commission it is expected a reduction of freight rates will follow. She will be commanded by Capt. John M. Mitchell of Toledo."
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Saturday, July 9, 1892
Steam stern paddle wheel VALLEY CITY. U. S. No. 161693. Of 263.86 tons gross; 220.66 tons net. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1892. Home port, Toledo, Ohio. 143.6 x 29.6 x 5.2 Of 200 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895

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William R. McNeil
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Valley City (Steamboat), U161693, 8 Jul 1892