The new steambarge built at R. Mills & Co.'s yard, Buffalo, was successfully launched on Saturday afternoon. She is very staunchly built, being edge bolted in and out, iron strapped diagonally, and thus needs no arches. She will be a first class coal carrier. She is 214 feet over all, 24 feet beam, 14 ½ feet hold, and will carry about 50,000 bushels of wheat. Her machinery will not be put in this season. She will be ready in a few days, and will tow behind the propeller COLUMBIA. Some time ago she was sold by the builder to J.C. Lockwood and others for $45,000. Her name is not yet determined upon, but she will probably be called COMRADE. The name of her master builder, John Humble, superintendent for Mills & Co., is a sufficient guarantee for her sea-worthiness.
J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, May 1883
The new barge built by R. Mills & Co., was launched Saturday afternoon. She is 214 ft. over all, 34 ft. beam, 14 1/2 ft. head, and has a capacity of 50,000 bushels of wheat. She will be towed by the prop. COLUMBIA, during the season, and next year will be fitted out with machinery. She is owned by J.C. Lockwood and others, by whom she was purchased from the builder for the sum of $45,000.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
May 14, 1883 3-9
NOTE:- The prop. MONTEAGLE is a likely candidate ???
Steam screw MONTEAGLE. U. S. No. 91684. Of 1,273.17 tons gross; 1,034.62 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1884. Home port, Oswego, N.Y. 213.5 x 35.0 x 19.8
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1897