W. H. GILCHER
Built 1891, at Cleveland, O by the Cleveland Shipbuilding Co.
Hull, of Steel. Length of keel 301 1/2 feet; over all 320 feet; breadth of beam 41 feet; depth of hold 24 feet 4 inches
Engine, Triple expansion. Diameter of cylinders 20,33 and 54 inches, by 40 inches stroke
Tonnage 2414.64 Gross 1986.70 net
The W. H. Gilcher was a large cargo carrying steamer of the Great Lakes, owned by J. C. Gilchrist. She held the record for some time of having carried the largest cargo of wheat -- 113,885 bushels -- that had ever been transported by a single vessel between Chicago and Buffalo.
She foundered during a gale on Lake Michigan on the night of Oct. 28, 1892, all on board perishing. Valued, when lost, at $200,000.