The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Black Rock (Propeller), U3721, 6 Aug 1897

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The new boat launched by the Jenks Ship Building Co, on Saturday was christened the BLACK ROCK. She is 254 feet long, 42 feet beam, and 17 feet deep. Her engine is 25 x 50 and 40 inch stroke. The boiler is 13½ X 12. tHE BLACK ROCK will be engaged in carrying copper from Lake Linden to Black Rock and will be commanded by Capt. Edward Reynolds. The BLACK ROCK is now lying at the Vincent dock in Black River, where she will receive her machinery.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, June 28, 1897

      Three weeks ago the Gazette told about the new steamer built for and owned by the Buffalo Smelting Works and named after this end of Buffalo, the BLACK ROCK.
      The boat will arrive at the Smelting Works dock Monday morning and at 2:00 the business men of Black Rock will assemble and present the colors to the boat. There will be an informal reception after the ceremony.
      International Gazette
      August 6, 1897 1-5

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      The new steel steamer BLACK ROCK came into port yesterday and steamed immediately to the docks of the Buffalo Smelting Works, where a delegation of citizens from the section of the city the boat is named for awaited her arrival They were there as guests of the Smerting Works to attend the reception and the presentation of colors. Speeches were made and a lunch served on board the new boat.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, August 10, 1897 6-5

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Steam screw BLACK ROCK. U. S. No. 3721. Of 1646 gross tons; 1329 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1897. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 237.0 x 43.0 x 16.5
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Black Rock (Propeller), U3721, 6 Aug 1897