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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Charles McVea

Ship owner: Benton Transit Co.; C. McVea; Chicago, Saugatuck & Douglas Trans. Co.; Hill Steamboat Line; W.B. Griffin; Waggoner & Roulette

Ship builder: R. C. Brittain, Saugatuck, Michigan

Engine builder: Sutton Bros.

Engine re-builder: Montague Iron Works

Year ship built: 1888

Year engine built: 1888

Final disposition: Abandoned in 1929.


Original engine: High pressure, 22 in. stroke, 21 in.

Second engine: Steeple compound, 20 in. stroke,  14 x 26 x 24 in.. Installed 1917.




1) C. McVea, Saugatuck, Michigan

2) W.B. Griffin, Saugatuck, Michigan

3) Chicago, Saugatuck & Douglas Trans. Co.

4) Waggoner & Roulette, Green Bay, Wisconsin

5) Benton Transit Co., Benton Harbor, Michigan

6) Hill Steamboat Line, Kenosha, Wisconsin (last owner)


Registry number: US. 126517

Hull number: None

Vessel type: Passenger and Freight

Contributor(s): Montague Iron Works.; R. C. Brittain.

Height: 10 ft.

Width: 24.1 ft.

Length: 123 ft.

Stroke length: 20 in.

Gross tonnage: 331

Net tonnage: 263

Materials: Wood

Engine type: High pressure; Steeple compound

Piston 1: 14 in.

Piston 2: 26 in.

Piston 3: 24 in.

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