The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sun., Mar 1, 1891

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Final Trip of the Steamer Made Yesterday.

The final trial trip of the new light house tender Marigold was made yesterday. The boat left the dock of the Detroit Dry-dock Company at 10:45 a.m., and first steamed up the river toward Belle Isle. She then turned and ran down the river and by way of the Canadian channel into Lake Erie. She was then taken about eight miles into the lake, when she turned about and headed for Detroit. On the return trip a short stop was made at Amherstburg, where a large number of people inspected her. From there the vessel proceeded up the river and finally landed at the government dock, in the rear of the Marine Hospital, about 6 o'clock. The Marigold was built by the Detroit Dry-dock Company for the United States lighthouse service at the company's Wyandotte yard. She is a beautiful craft, of the style of a steam yacht, full schooner rigged for sailing exigencies. She is 159½ feet long and 27 feet beam. The hold is 12 feet 4 inches deep, and is divided into eight water-tight compartments. The Marigold in commission will draw 9 feet 6 inches of water. Her engines are of the triple expansion pattern and were built by the Detroit Dry-dock Engine Company. The cylinders are of 24-inch stroke and are 14½, 22, and 36 inches respectively in diameter. The engines are run at 150 pounds steam pressure, furnished by two cylindrical boilers, 10 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 10 inches.

The cabins and interior finish of the boat are of ash, cherry and black walnut.

The entire forward deck is clear and furnished with a steam-power derrick for the placing of buoys and other work for which the vessel was designed.

The test of the boat yesterday was eminently satisfactory. She developed a speed of fourteen miles, running through ice from two to four inches in thickness. Her boiler furnished steam power of 150 pounds to the inch. The engine succeeded in making 152 strokes to the minute.

The party on board consisted of Commander Oscar F. Heyerman, U.S.N.; Capt. Geo. Scott, U.S.N.; Capt. W. M. Daly, Henry Rainey, Capt. F. H. Danger, G. N. McMillan, Charles C. Poe, Harold D. McMillan, H. W. Dyar and Maurice McMillan. The boat was commanded by Capt. F. H. Danger. During the trip an elegant repast was served to those on board.

At the conclusion of the trip the boat was accepted by Commander Oscar F. Heyerman on behalf of the United States Navy from G. N. McMillan, secretary of the Detroit Dry-dock Company. The contract price for building the boat was $77,000. She will be furnished immediately and will be put into service as supply ship to the lighthouses in the eleventh district, taking the place of the Warrington, which has grown old in the service.

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A drawing that accompanied the text is attached. The iron-hulled steamer served with the U. S. Lighthouse Service and Coast Guard until sold for civilian use in 1947 and becoming the dredge MISS MUDHEN II (US#264968). For a brief history and an excellent starboard-bow photo of her with colors afloat, see Historical Collections of the Great Lakes' vessel files at:
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Sun., Mar 1, 1891
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sun., Mar 1, 1891