Built 1862, at Buffalo, N.Y. by David Bell
Hull, of iron. Length of keel 192 feet; over all 200 feet; breadth of beam 29 feet; depth of hold 14 feet; average draft of water 12 feet. The hull was afterwards lengthened 30 feet.
Engine, single cylinder, condensing. Diameter of cylinder 40 inches, by 36 inches stroke. Indicated horse power 600.
Boiler, one of iron, return flue. Total grate surface 60 square feet; total heating surface 1800 square feet.
Wheel, 4 Blades. 10 feet in diameter and 14 feet pitch.
Joiner work, by Hitchcock & Gibson.
Tonnage 861 18
The first iron propeller on the Great Lakes. Built for J. C. & E. T. Evans, for the Buffalo and Chicago passenger and freight business, and she ran between these two points very successfully thirteen seasons. Cost $90,000, speed 14 miles per hour.
On October 6, 1875, the MERCHANT ran onto Racine Reef, Lake Michigan, and became a total loss.