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Edward Smith (Propeller), U135660, 28 May 1883

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The new steamship EDWARD SMITH, built in Marine City for Mitchell Brothers is now completed. She is 185'6" keel, 200'4" over all, 33' beam and 13' depth of hold. Her engine is a steeple compound with cylinders 26 x 36 built by Christie & DeGraff.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, May 28, 1883
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Steam screw EDWARD SMITH. U.S. No. 135660, of 700.89 tons gross; 523.36 tons net. Built 1883 at Detroit. Home port, Marine City, Mich. 194.0 x 32.9 x 16.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S. 1885

The steambarge EDWARD SMITH, recently launched, is pronounced to be one of the best vessels ever turned out of Marine City, being substantially built throughout after a good model. The SMITH is named in honor of Edward Smith, of Detroit, secretary and treasurer of the Gratwick, Smith & Fryer lumber Company. She was built by Mitchell Bros. & Co., of Marine City, at George Koenig's yard. Her dimensions are : Length over all, 200 feet; breadth, 33 feet; depth, 13 feet; capacity, 700,000 feet lumber. She has compound engines, built by the Frontier Iron Works, Detroit, 25 x 36 and 50 x 36. Boiler, 10½ shell, 46 feet long, of Otis steel, 5/8 plate. She will cost, complete, $60,000. Her officers are; Captain Alfred Mitchell; mate, Thomas Black; chief engineer, William Sauber.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, April, 1883

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Edward Smith (Propeller), U135660, 28 May 1883