The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Nov. 1, 1887

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There are at present 350 men at work at Wheeler's shipyard at West Bay City, and this force will be kept on all winter. Mr. Wheeler has five boats in the course of construction now. Three of these boats will have a 276 foot keel and will cost $132,000 each. One of these boats is being built for D. Whitney, Jr., of Detroit; one for Farwell & Adams, of Detroit, and one for the Gratwick, Smith & Fryer Lumber Company, of Tonawanda. A 215 foot keel propeller, the duplicate of the ELFIN MERE, will be built during the winter for Mr. Wheeler, at the cost of $80,000. Another schooner with 240 foot keel is to be built for Hawgood, Avery & Wheeler, of Bay City and Detroit. The cost of this boat will be $60,000. A new propeller, a steambarge with 240 foot keel, will also be built for the same parties at a cost of $100,000. In addition to these Mr. Wheeler will build a model steamer for the Delta Transportation Company of Chicago, which will run the "Soo" route, from Cheboygan to Sault Ste. Marie. This boat will be a model passenger and freight boat, with capacity for fast travel, and will take the place of the OSSIFRAGE. Two tugs will be constructed during the winter, one for Capt. Armstrong and one for Eddy, Avery & Avery.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Nov. 1, 1887