The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chicago (Propeller), 24 Sep 1901

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Arrangements have now been made for the launching tomorrow of the new steamer building for the Western Transit Co., at the Buffalo yards of the American Shipbuilding Co., in Ganson St. The new boat will be one of the finest freight boats on the lakes, being a sister ship to the TROY of Buffalo. There has been much speculation among marine men regarding the name to be selected for the new steamer, but up to the present that matter has been kept a profound secret. The Courier is able to state authoritatively that she will be called the CHICAGO. Up to within a few days the Western Transit Co. has had a ship carrying that name, but very recently it was changed to ROME. As the new ste,aer is to engaged in the Lake Michigan trade, it was considered very appropriate that she should beat the name of the great city on the shores of that lake. It is also a high compliment to that city. To enable it to so christian the new steamer, the Western Transit Co. decided to change the name of the old boat. It is not believed that the new CHICAGO will be completed in time to go into commission this season.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 24, 1901 2-5

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Chicago (Propeller), 24 Sep 1901