The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Samuel Mather (Propeller), U116142, 1 Apr 1887

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Cleveland.---Owing to the continued cold weather Quayle's Sons, have been unable to launch the steamer SAMUEL MATHER, the bottom needing some searching, and it is possible that she will not be put into the water this week. Nevertheless, in order that the dailies shall not lead us in the matter, we will give her dimensions, etc.,the principle points of interest as everyone knows the details of a launch. The SAMUEL MATHER is 258 feet over all, 245 feet keel, 40 feet beam, and 20 feet depth. She has steel arches 15 by seven-eighth of an inch, inside and out, three keelsons each 16 square, two riders 15 square, twelve sister keelsons 16 by 10, bolted with one and one-eighth inch bolts, the other fastenings being of one inch iron. She has two decks, the lower hold being 12 feet and the upper 8 feet. Her accommodations for officers and crew are very fine, roomy and well ventilated. She will be provided with all modern improvements, including steam windlass, capstan and steering gear and will be rigged to steer the same as sailing vessels, a system that must be made uniform on all steamers, sooner or later. The MATHER is extra strong in all respects and well bears up the reputation of her builders, Quayle's Sons. She will go in the ore trade for Pickands, Mather & Company and will carry about 2,100 tons. Her engine is fore and aft compound 28 and 50 by 42 and was built by the Globe Iron Works Company, who also built her two steel boilers, which are 8 and a half by 16 feet, and allows a pressure of 115 pounds of steam with a Mead and Thompson purifier attached. The boiler house is of iron. She has been nicely fitted out by Grover & Sons. The steam fitting was done by John Thompson, the plumbing, which by the way is the best work ever put on a steamer, by George Sail's Son. She has a Born range and the steward has plenty of room to move around in. The MATHER will take her first cargo of coal from Thomas Axworthy's dock for
Chicago, and if the ice will permit, she will then go to Ashland for ore. If not she will take a grain freight for Buffalo. She will be commanded by Captain Richard Neville; engineer, John Broderick; Robert W. Simpson, assistant; William Ames, first mate, Wm. Brair, second mate.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. April 7, 1887 p. 1

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Samuel Mather (Propeller), U116142, 1 Apr 1887