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Minneapolis (Propeller), U90524, 15 Jul 1873

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Capt. Eber Ward's new propeller was launched at Marine City Saturday afternoon, and was christened the MINNEAPOLIS. The launch was a perfect success, a large number of spectators being present. She is pronounced the staunchest and best modeled steamer ever launched at that port, and was constructed under the immediate spervision of Mr. John Hill, the builder. Her dimensions are: Length, 224 ft. over all; beam 34 ft.; depth of first hold 9 ft.; second or lower hold 12 ft.; total depth 21 ft. She was taken in tow yesterday by the tug HECTOR, for Detroit, and will arrive here today. Her measurement is estimated at 1,400 tons. When ready for sea she will be commanded by Capt. Albert Stewart, the present popular master on the Lake Superior route in connection with Ward's Lake Superior line.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 15, 1873

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Our Marine City correspondent writes that the largest boat ever built in that village was launched last week. She was built by Mr. David Westcott for Eber Ward of Detroit and is intended for the Lake Superior trade. She is called the MINNEAPOLIS and rates 1,400 tons. ( this vessel was probably launched on Sat. July 12.... since this was the day usually reserved for launchings in this neck of the woods ... pjv.)
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, July 15, 1873

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The new prop. MINNEAPOLIS was launched at Bay City Saturday afternoon. She was built for Capt. Eber Ward and in command of Capt. Albert Stewart will prove a desirable accession to Ward's Lake Superior line, running from Buffalo to Duluth, the extreme points. The MINNEAPOLIS is pronounced a staunch and fine modeled craft. Her dimensions are: Length 234 ft. over all; beam 34 ft.; depth first hold 9 ft.; second or lower hold, 12 ft. - total depth 21 ft. Her measurement is estimated at 1,400 tons.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 16, 1873 3-5

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Capt. Ward's Lake Superior line will soon receive accession of the splendid new stm. MINNEAPOLIS, which is drawing near to completion at Detroit. She is being fitted out in grand style, and her cabin arrangements will not be excelled by any other passenger craft afloat. So say the detroit papers.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      August 26, 1873 3-5

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The new stm. MINNEAPOLIS, Capt. Albert Stewart, started out Tuesday evening on her maiden voyage. She goes direct to Duluth, and will take on a cargo of wheat for Buffalo.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 4, 1873 3-5

NOTE:- The MINNEAPOLIS was launched from Marine City, not from Bay City, as is noted in a July 16 report.

Steam screw MINNEAPOLIS. U.S. No. 90524..Of 1.072.22 tons gross; 949.76 tons net. Built at Marine City, Mich., in 1873. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 226.3 x 34.0 x 11.2 and of 600 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1891

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Minneapolis (Propeller), U90524, 15 Jul 1873