... While at Marine City I visited the various craft undergoing repairs and repainting, and will give you a short summary of the work in progress.
Perhaps the most important work in progress at that time was the rebuilding of the steam-barge D.F. ROSE and BAT CITY. The ROSE, it will be remembered, underwent a bad scorching at Tonawanda last fall, which destroyed her cabin and decks and injured her machinery. She was in February being supplied with new decks and deck frames, stanchions and rails, new cabin and upper works, and hogpost, and other repairs too numerous to particularize. Her engine and boiler were being thoroughly overhauled and repaired, and she will come out almost as good as new with a new coat of paint, and with Capt. J.S. McNeill pulling bells.
The BAY CITY was receiving a thorough rebuild from the water's edge up; and was also having considerable added to her sides, which will give her an altered appearance and an increased carrying capacity. Her sides will be 23 inches higher forward, 17½ inches in the lowest places amidships, and 26 inches aft. The heavy arches for which she was remarkable will not be so apparent. She was furnished with new cabins, decks, deck frames, stringers, and arch posts. She was provided with solid stringers, seventeen inches high, entirely around the inside. The repairs she underwent it was estimated would cost not less than $6,000, wjich makes the BAY CITY a new boat with the exception of her arches and shell. She was to be handsomely repainted before coming out, and from indications will come out vastly improved in both looks and seaworthiness.
The barge GEBHARDT was having entire new decks and deck frames, while the rest of the fleet in winter quarters at this port were being calked and overhauled and receiving a new holiday coat of paint, which greatly improved their appearance.
April 18, 1877
Barge A. GEBHART. U. S. No. 29504. Of 354.03 tons. Home port, Toledo, Ohio.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871