The monster steamship building at St. Clair for Davis Whitney, Jr. of Detroit, will be launched on Saturday next and immediately towed to Detroit to receive her boiler and engines. She has been named the DAVIS C. WHITNEY.
Port Huron Daily Times
Monday, July 17, 1882
Buffalo, Sept. 8. -- The new steambarge D.C. WHITNEY, arrived in port last evening , on her first trip, with 63,400 bushels of wheat. She was built in Detroit, and is owned there by D. Whitney, Jr. father of the one for whom she is named. The WHITNEY is of the very finest build, and provided with double iron arches inside and out, eighteen inches wide, an unusual feature for this class of vessels. Her length over all is 246 feet, beam 40 feet, and with her present cargo draws 15 feet aft, and 14 feet 9 inches forward. She is in command of Captain P. July, who thinks her the finest of her class on the lakes. He has taken her to the Union Dry Dock today for a modification of her rudder, which does not seem to be quite wide enough.
The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1882
Steam screw D.C. WHITNEY. U. S. No. 157075. Of 1090.01 tons gross; 1013.22 tons net. Built St. Clair, Mich., 1882. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 229.0 x 40.0 x 14.7.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885