The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Walter Frost (Propeller), U80973, 9 Jun 1883

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The steamer WALTER L. FROST was launched this afternoon at the Detroit dry-dock. This steamer is intended for the route between Ogdensburg and Chicago. her dimensions are: Length over all, 250 feet; beam, 37 feet; depth of hold, 15 feet. She will be completed in two weeks, and her cost will be about $112,000.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, June 1883.

      Addition of a Fine New Steamer.
      The new steamer WALTER L. FROST, Captain P.L. Miller, of Linsted's Chicago and Ogdensburg Line, arrived in Chicago yesterday. When completed at Detroit, the new craft took a cargo from Toledo to Ogdensburg and from there brought a cargo here. She will run regularly between Chicago and Ogdensburg. The FROST is substantially built, yet possesses a fine model -- has beautiful lines -- and is finished off ina superior manner. The dimensions are as follows:
      Length of keel, feet - - - - - - - 235
      Length on main deck, feet - - 250
      Molded beam, feet - - - - - - - - 36
      Molded depth, feet - - - - - - - - 24
      Space between decks, feet - - - 9
      Measurement, tons - - - - - - 1,322
      She was built by the Detroit Dry-dock Co., and Captain J.C. Parker, Master Builder, superintended the construction from the laying of the keel until she was completed. She is especially designed for the new Welland canal trade and will carry 40,000 bushels of wheat through the canal without lightering. She has a fore-and-aft compound engine of great power and two steel boilers. Her outfit is complete. She will doubtless prove an excellent business boat.
      The officers are as follows:
      Master - - - - - - - - - Captain P.L. Miller.
      Mate - - - - - - - - - - Captain Daniel Finlayson.
      Second Mate - - - - - Captain Joseph Saunders.
      Chief Engineer - - - - M.J.R. Kendall.
      Steward - - - - - - - - Mr. George Drake.
      The cost of the new steamer complete has been $125,000. The Lloyds rate her A 1*
      J.W. Hall Great Lake Marine Scrapbook, August, 1883

Steam screw WALTER L. FROST. U. S. No. 80973. Of 1322.16 gross tons; 1203.24 tons net. Built Detroit, Mich., 1883. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 235.7 x 36.9 x 12.9.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Walter Frost (Propeller), U80973, 9 Jun 1883