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Conestoga (Propeller), U125669, 6 Jul 1878

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      Quayle & Sons, at their ship yards up the river, are now building three propellers for the grain trade between Buffalo and Chicago. Two are for the Anchor Line, and will be 250 feet keel, 270 overall, 36 feet beam, and 16 feet hold, with a carrying capacity of 1,500 tons apiece. They will be provided with two engine each, one low pressure, 24 by 48 stroke, and the other 48 by 48. They are being built at the Cuyahoga Works in this city. One of these vessels Is to be launched and completed by the 15th of May, and the other by the 15th of June. They have a third steamer on their stocks for the Western Transit Company, which will be 260 feet keel, 275 feet on deck, 37 feet beam, and 16 feet hold. The Globe Works are building the engines, and the vessel is to be completed in August.
      A visit to the yards, where they have some 250 to 300 men at work, is very interesting, as it presents a busy scene. They are among the largest boats that have been built at these yards, and they are putting about a million feet of lumber into each one of the vessels. They will be worth about $100,000 when completed. They are built with double decks, and have overhead arches, 13 by 28, extending the whole length of the vessel. They are put up in the most substantial manner, and each one is salted with about 200 barrels of salt. Mr. George Quayle, one of the firm, thinks that the future steamers on the lakes will be built of iron, and surrounded as they are with immense rolling mills and foundries, and with all the facilities at hand, it would be an easy task to convert their yards to iron ship-building.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, March 8, 1878
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      The second boat on the stocks at Quayle & Sons' yard is to be called the CONESTOGA. They are now fitting in the boilers, and she will be ready to launce about the 15th of June.
      Cleveland Herald
      Thursday, May 2, 1878
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      (Special Dispatch to the Post & Tribune)
      Cleveland, July 6. - The propeller CONESTOGA was successfully launched from Quayle & Son's ship-yard this afternoon. She was built for the Anchor Line, and is almost the duplicate of the DELAWARE, which was launched from the same yard some six weeks ago. Her dimensions are: Length of keel, 268 feet; overall 270 feet; beam, 36 feet; depth of hold, 16 feet. Total capacity, 1,726 tons. She draws, with her machinery in position, 4 1/2 feet forward and 9 1/2 feet aft. Capt Alex McFarland will command her and James Flanagan will be engineer.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Monday, July 8, 1878

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      The propeller CONESTOGA was launched from Quayle & Son's ship-yard at Cleveland, on Saturday. She was built for the Anchor Line, and is almost a duplicate of the the DELAWARE, which was launched from the same yard six weeks ago. Her dimensions are: 268 feet keel; 36 feet beam, and 16 feet hold. Toatl tonnage, 1,726. Captain Alex McFarland will command her, and Joseph Flanagan will be engineer.
      Chicago Inter-Ocean
      Monday, July 8, 1878

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      The CONESTOGA, the second propeller built by Quayle & Sons, was successfully launched on Saturday last at about 4 P. M. The launch was witnessed by a large crowd of people who were assembled on both banks of the river. As in the case of the DELAWARE, which was launched about one month ago, a number of persons on the other side of the river were washed by a wave caused by her striking the water. Horses were frightened and a general stampede ensued. The CONESTOGA is a duplicate of the DELAWARE in size, finish and equipment, and will cost $95,000 when completed. It is thought she will be ready to leave on Monday or Tuesday next. She will be commanded by Captain Alexander McFarland, formerly of the ANNIE YOUNG, and her first engineer is James G. Flanigan; second engineer, M.E. Bradley. The engines were constructed by the Cuyahoga Works, and are what is known as inverted compound, the high pressure cylinders being 24 inches in diameter and 48-inch stroke. The main shaft is 12 inches in diameter, and connects with the propeller shaft by means of a universal coupling, which prevents jar to the machinery. The CONESTOGA has undergone the government inspection and her measurement is almost like that of the DELAWARE. The total tonnage of the DELAWARE was 1,730, and that of the CONESTOGA about four tons less. She drew 4 feet 6 inches forward and 9 feet 3 inches aft, with the machinery in position.
      Cleveland Herald
      July 8, 1878

      Around The Lakes:- The new propeller CONESTOGA cost $95,000. She will be finished this week.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Tuesday, July 9, 1878

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      Around The Lakes. - The new propeller CONESTOGA has left Cleveland for Erie to load for Chicago.
      Detroit Post & Tribune
      Thursday, July 18, 1878

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Steam screw CONESTOGA. U. S. No. 125669. Of 1,726.21 tons gross; 1,562.24 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1878. Home port, Erie, Pa.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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Conestoga (Propeller), U125669, 6 Jul 1878