The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 19, 1867

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A Complete Success
Another Fine Craft Afloat

Yesterday afternoon, at three o'clock, was the the hour announced for the launch from J M Jones' yard, foot of Riopelle street, of a fine craft, which has just been completed, ready for that operation, and which is one of that class of vessels comparatively new to our lake marine, known as "barge propellers," or propeller barges, the former term being the most scientific.

The ways were made ready, and plentifully slushed, to insure the success of the launch, stanchions and shores knocked away, and every thing got clear in good time, the wedges were set all along, on both sides, to lift the hull from her bearings, under the keel, and when the last block there had been loosened, it wanted only a few heavy thuds of a beam in the hands of the stalwart workmen, aided by the running to and fro of the crowds on the deck, to set the craft in motion. At only a few minutes past three, the gallant craft started, slowly at first, and smoothly and noislessly for her berth in the liquid element. The glad waters of "la belle riviere D'Etroit,"* stirred by a brisk breeze from the eastward, clapped their hands for joy in the bright sunlight, as they welcomed the vessel to the bosom of the blue. Just as the craft parted the waters, her burgee, a fine color, unfurled from the forward "jury mast," showing the name by which she was christened, "B. W. Jenness," which greeted the stars and stripes already waving from the mizzen.

A moment after gracefully into the stream, the miniature tug Swan put out to bring her back to her moorings, and soon had a line aboard, but the strong current and brisk wind blowing were for some time almost too much for its powers. The little** tug looked all the world like a very small ant trying to pull a very big beetle to its nest. Full of vim and energy, puffing like a porpoise, and with patient perseverance an pluck, the little steamer at last won the heat and brought the craft to the dock.

The "Jenness" is named after one of her owners, Mr. B. W. Jenness, lumber merchant, of Cleveland, and will be used in that trade from Lake Huron and other ports. C. Heywood, W. R Stafford and Hodge & Christie also own shares in her, the latter, machinists, of this city, furnishing the engines, boilers, etc., from their extensive shops. She is of fine model, draws light, with only part of her machinery in, only 3 1/2 feet forward and 4 1/2 feet aft, when loaded, will draw about 9 1/2 feet. Her dimensions are: Keel, 150; deck, 160; beam, 29; hold, 11. She will be ready for service about the middle of August.

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July 19, 1867
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), July 19, 1867