Miller's Second Season - The George B. Sloan - Everything All O.K.
A new vessel was launched at Andrew Miller's ship yard Saturday, the second this season. The hour set was 2:30 p.m., but it was nearly an hour later when it went off. Then she slid gracefully into the water, stern first, masts all up and flags flying.
This is one of the largest canal size vessels, being 142 feet long over all, 26 feet, 2 inches depth of hold. Her capacity on this lake is 22,500 bushels of wheat, and 19,000 bushels of wheat through the canal. She is named the "George B. Sloan," for our well known townsman, and carries three masts. The last features seems to be growing in favor, as all but one vessel built in the yards in this city this season have been of that style, while none have ever been built in that way before.
The Sloan is owned by Thomas Martin and J.A. Hathaway, and will be commanded by Capt. John McDowel, who has been in the employ of Mr. Hathaway for several years, and formerly commanded the schooner Hoboken. Her painting has been very well done by Bourden & Peterson. She is a No. 1 vessel, her oak being furnished by Harvey & Breed, of Phoenix. She is nearly ready to sail, and will probably take coal to Chicago.