The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iron Chief (Schooner), U100287, 1 Jul 1881

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The new schooner barge IRON CHIEF is of the following dimensions: Length of keel, 222½ feet, over all, 228 feet; beam, 35 feet, and molded depth, 20 feet. Her hold is 17 feet 2½ inches deep, leaving a water space of 34 inches from the bottom of the frame to the ceiling. The keel of the IRON CHIEF was laid march 23, and the boat will be ready for sea tomorrow, the work of constructing this large vessel being done in three months and twenty days, which is remarkably rapid work, and is greatly to the credit of John C. Parker, master builder for the Detroit Dry-dock Company, by whose push and strict attention to business the work was rushed to a speedy and careful conclusion. She is iron strapped, double decked, and four masted. She is the property of the Detroit Transportation Company, and will be used as a consort to the steamship IRON DUKE, and is similar in construction and appearance to the barge IRON CLIFF, consort of the IRON AGE. When launched she had everything on board except her anchors and chains, and in that condition drew five feet eight inches forward, and seven feet two inches aft. J.P. Donaldson & Co. finished the complete outfit, including Providence windlass. The IRON CHIEF will be commanded by Captain F.B. Shepherd, and Did. Millen, son of Captain James Millen, of the IRON DUKE, will be mate. ---- Detroit Marine news
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Srapbook, April/July, 1881

Steam screw IRON CLIFF. U. S. No. 100287. OF 1154.08 GROSS TONS; 996.04 TONS NET. Built Detroit, Mich., 1881. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 212.0 x 35.0 x 17.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

      IRON CHIEF * Built July 12, 1881 Bulk Propeller - Wood
U. S. No. 100287 1154 gt - 996 nt 212.0 x 35.0 x 17.0
Broke stern pipe and sank 10 miles northeast of Point Au Barques, Lake Huron, October 3, 1904.
*Built as schooner (1112 gt); completed as propeller, winter, 1881-82.
      Detroit/Wyandotte Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great Lakes research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Iron Chief (Schooner), U100287, 1 Jul 1881