The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 19 September 1891

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The new tug Alice, Smith & Co., owners, arrived in St. Joseph harbor on Monday afternoon and was heartily welcomed in sailor style - blowing of whistles, music by the sailor brass band, etc., while many people were out in the Park to see her come in. The U. S. flag on the Life-saving Station was run to the masthead as she passed that point. Her dimensions are length, 70 feet; beam, 14 feet; depth of hold, 5 feet; engine 13 x 14 inches; boiler 5 1/4 x 9 feet; steam pressure allowed 120 pounds. She was built by the Grand Haven Shipbuilding Co., the engine was furnished by H. Bloecker, Grand Haven, and the boiler by Johnson Bros., Ferrysburg. Cost complete nearly $5,000. She bears the name "Alice," after Mr. Smith's daughter, who is the worthy and efficient cashier at Rice's grocery. The tug is manned by Richard Smith with George Jordan as engineer. The Alice is a pretty model: is intended for the fishing business exclusively and calculated to make about 12 miles per hour. On her trial trip from Grand Haven to St. Joseph, a distance of 70 miles, she made the run in 7 hours and 3 minutes, which is considered good time for new machinery. She has already gone into commission, having set nets Wednesday with expectations of lifting today, weather being favorable. Headquarters at the D. & C. dock.

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Robert C. Myers
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St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI), 19 September 1891