The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 15 Jun, 1878

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THE GRACE GRUMMOND. - Yesterday the outfit of the Grace Grummond was put on board, and everything about completed and made ready for service. Until one treads her decks no real idea of her fitness for an excursion boat can be formed. Forward and aft they are roomy and well supplied with comfortable seats. Overhead are large awnings which completely shield them from the sun. Her after deck is surrounded with wire net work, with gates at the entrance ways, thus completely shutting it in, so than no one can be in any danger from falling overboard. It is also well provided with rocking chairs. Underneath is a fine cabin, elegantly gilded wherever gilding will add beauty. On the floor is a body Brussels carpet; cushioned seats occupy the ends; and on each side are bunks, separated from it by heavy curtains. Opening off the cabin is a well-appointed pantry, containing all the paraphernalia of the cook room. Forward between decks is ample room for dancing parties. From the deck above a fine view of all surroundings can be had. Captain Grummond really has an elegant boat, and no better one, for trips either short or long, can be found from one end of the lakes to the other. His elephant is not so big as it was thought to be, and when pleasure seekers come to know it, it will be immensely popular.

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Capt. Grummond owned a successful fleet of tugs and wreckers in the Detroit area, but this was his first foray into the excursion business. The iron-hulled SEARCH, a former U.S. survey vessel which helped conduct the first full U.S. survey of the Great Lakes, had been renamed once before. When built by Merrick & Sons at Philadelphia in 1856, she was named after Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. At the beginning of the Civil War, she was hastily renamed since her namesake had fallen from favor. As GRUMMOND (US#85552), she was 136'5"x22'x8'6", 195.11 gt. She was later (1887) converted to a schooner, perhaps the first iron-hulled one ever to sail the lakes and was sold Canadian in 1904 (C#116760). She was renamed BALTIC that year and was used as a barge until scrapped in 1940.
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15 Jun, 1878
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 15 Jun, 1878