The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur., June 18, 1891

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During the latter part of April, says the Cleveland Leader, a measly looking hull was towed into the river and at once marked as a boat with a history. The hull was built by David Bell at Buffalo as a steam yacht for the son of a wealthy Detroit man. This son died soon after the hull was completed, and the grief-stricken father allowed it to lie in idleness for a couple of seasons, when it became a very disreputable looking craft. Last spring the hull was bought by Isaac Bearinger, the East Saginaw lumber merchant, who sent it to the Cleveland Ship Building Company to be finished. They have succeeded in making quite a handsome craft, and Monday afternoon she was launched. She was christened the Straightaway, and her owner expects to take a short trip in her by the Fourth of July. The Straightaway is 94 feet long, with 14 feet beam and 6½ feet depth of hold. She has a cabin nearly her entire length, which contains two staterooms, a dining room and a smoking room. The cook's galley and the berths for the men are in the hold forward. Her engine is compound, with cylinders 8 and 16 inches in diameter, with 12-inch stroke. The propeller is 4½ feet in diameter. The boat will be lighted by electricity.

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Though she had an iron hull and was quite luxurious, she doesn't seem to appear in later sources. One set of notes I have state states that her hull was used to build the famous Wheeler yacht WAPITI at W. Bay City in 1895 (STRAIGHTAWAY was US#116424, WAPITI US#81507)
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Thur., June 18, 1891
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thur., June 18, 1891