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Milwaukee (Propeller), U91150, 14 May 1879

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The new propellers, MILWAUKEE and CHICAGO, now building at Cleveland for the Western Transportation Company, are fast approaching completion. It is now expected that one will be out by the first of June, and the other about fifteen days later. Both are of the general build of the BUFFALO, and each will cost over $110,000. They are to be 221 feet long on the keel.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, May 14, 1879

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      The Cleveland Herald has the following the Western Transportation Co's. two new boats, building at that point: The two great propellers at Quayle & Son's yards are fast approaching completion under the busy hands of the numerous ship carpenters employed there. The MILWAUKEE is about ready to go into the water, but she will be delayed until the last of next week or the first of the following week on account of the machinery. The time for the launch cannot be fixed, and will depend entirely upon the engineer, who is putting the machinery together. The work can be done to a better advantage on the stocks than in the water. It will be remembered that the propeller is about five feet longer and one foot wider than the BUFFALO, which was the largest one built here last season. She will carry from 150 to 200 tons more freight. In other respects she is similar to the BUFFALO, only differing in some slight details of equipment. The CHICAGO is planked and her deck frames and arches in, and the Globe Works began putting in her machinery yesterday. No delay is anticipated as her engine are all ready to be put together. As soon as the MILWAUKEE is ou of the road, the CHICAGO will be crowded to completion.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Wednesday, June 11, 1879

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      Thursday afternoon the large freight propeller MILWAUKEE was launched from Quayle and Sons yard at Detroit. She measures 260' between the perpendiculars, 37' beam, and 16' hold. The engines were built by a Buffalo firm. The boat was built for the Western Transportation Company, of Buffalo.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, June 14, 1879

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      The Western Transportation Company's new propeller MILWAUKEE, which was launched at the yard of Quayle & Sons, in Cleveland, a few days ago, arrived in port yesterday afternoon. The new boat is a staunch and commodious craft and will compare favorably with the largest and best of the propellers running in the several lines from this city. She has a registered tonnage of 1,770 tons and her dimensions are as follows:- Registered length 264 9-10 feet; tonnage length, 275 5-10 feet; breadth, 36 7-10 feet; depth, 16 4-10 feet. She is commanded by Capt. W.H. Rounds, an old and experienced navigator. The MILWAUKE was at the Central freight depot this morning, taking in a cargo for Chicago, and is expected to leave for her destination this evening.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Monday, June 23, 1879

Steam screw MILWAUKEE. U. S. No. 91150. Of 1,770.10 tons gross; 1,571.26 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1879. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 264.9 x 36.7 x 16.4 Of 510 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Milwaukee (Propeller), U91150, 14 May 1879