The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Michigan (Propeller), 2 Apr 1881

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The new iron propellers building at Wyandotte for the Milwaukee and Grand HWaven route will be named the WISCONSIN and MICHIGAN.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, April 2, 1881

Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 9. -- The following officers have been appointed for the new propeller MICHIGAN, built at Detroit recently for the Grand haven route: Captain , Redmond Prindiville, Chicago; first mate, Joe Russell; second mate, Al Schute; engineer, George Cowan; clerk, Mr. Arnatt; steward, George Wilson. They all left today on the steamer CITY OF MILWAUKEE to take immediate charge of the MICHIGAN, which will arrive here next Sunday.
      The WISCONSIN, a sister boat, still on the stocks, will be launched on Wednesday, and will be towed here about Nov. 1 to receive her fit-out. The boats cost $125,000 each. Captain Smallman, of the steamer CITY OF MILWAUKEE, will command the WISCONSIN.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October, 1881

The propeller WISCONSIN, built by the Goodrich Transportation Company at Wyandotte, was launched on Tuesday evening, and will be taken to Milwaukee, where the cabin will be put on. In one month she will be ready for service. Her consort, the MICHIGAN, leaves Detroit on her first trip Saturday. These steamers are built of iron, and are the only iron boats on the lakes having double iron bottoms and decks of the same metal. They are each 215 feet on deck, 34 feet beam, and 14 feet hold, with a capacity of 13,000 tons each. They cost the round sum of $160,000 a piece, and, Mr. Goodrich justly thinks, are the finest on the lakes. They are for freight and passenger traffic, and are to run between Detroit and Grand haven, in connection with the Detroit Grand Haven, and Milwaukee Railway. Their crew consists of 30 persons each, ten of each crew being officers. Mr. Redmond Prindiville, son of John Prindiville, of this city, is the Captain of the MICHIGAN.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, October/November 1881

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Michigan (Propeller), 2 Apr 1881