It is expected that the steel lumber steamer NIAGARA, building at Wheeler &; CO's yard, West Bay City, will be launched to day (Thursday). This is the vessel that will be managed by J. L. Crosthwaite of Buffalo. She will be commanded by Capt. Wm. Lynn, formerly of the steamer CANISTEO.
May 27, 1897
The steel steamer NIAGARA, built D.O. Mills of New York, A.L. Hall of Bay Mills, Mich., and J.L. Crosthwaite of Buffalo, and launched at F.W. Wheeler & CO's ship yard, West Bay City, on Saturday last, will prove a very substantial vessel. She is double for water ballast fore and aft and her outer bottom is sheathed with oak timber to the upper turn of the bilge. Dimensions are 281 feet over all, 266 feet between perpendiculars, 42 feet molded beam, and 19 feet molded depth of hold, and she is expected to carry 2,500 net tons on a. mean draft of 12 feet 10 inches. She is single-decked with plate bulwark 4 feet high, all fore and aft. Engines are of the triple expansion type, with cylinders 17 inches, 29 inches, 48 inches by 36-inch stroke. Power will be furnished by two Scotch merino boilers, 11 feet in diameter and 12 feet long, with a working pressure of 170 pounds per square inch. Steam windlass and capstans of the American Ship Windlass Co's make and an electric light plant of 200 16-candle power lamps are features of the steamer's equipment. The Niagara will be ready for service in a few days.
June 3, 1897
NIAGARA Built May 28, 1897 Bulk Propeller -Steel
U. S. No. 130738 1951 gt -1483 nt 266' x 42.2' x 16.8'
Shortened 24' and converted to sand dredge in 1927.
Frank Wheeler & Co., West Bay City Shipbuilding Master List
Institute for Great Lakes Research