The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Robert Rhodes (Propeller), U110732, 3 May 1887

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Cleveland.---Moore & Bartow's new steamer ROBERT RHODES will probably be launched on Tuesday, May 3, at Quayle's Sons' yard. She is counterpart of the SAMUEL MATHER and both will make good records during the coming years, as they are classed with the best tonnage on the lakes. The dimensions of the ROBERT RHODES are: Over all 258 feet, keel 245 feet, beam 40 feet, depth 20 feet.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. April 28, 1887 p.1

      At Quayle's Sons' shipyard the new steamer ROBERT RHODES was launched on Monday. Launches are becoming an every-day occurrence in Cleveland shipyards, and while they are always well attended, the bright day called out an unusual crowd on this occasion. Steamer ROBERT RHODES, like her sister the SAMUEL MATHER, went into the water gracefully and with the innumerable flags of the international signal code flying.
During the many years that Messrs.,Quayle's Sons have turned steamers adrift, no one has heard of an accident at their yard, and this event, it is needless to say, is no exception to the rule. A prettier launch has never been witnessed. The new steamer is in every respects an honor to her namesake, Robert Rhodes, who has been dubbed by the ladies a handsome man, and all who were aboard of her on the passage down the river to Grover's dock, unite in declaring him a generous one.
The RHODESis built in Quayle's best style and on honor, and is calculated to be a good one. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel 245 feet, over all 260 feet; beam 40 feet; hold 21 feet. She is, like all the boats built for the same owner, essentially a business steamer, and will carry about 1,800 tons.
Her machinery consists of a compound engine 28 and 50 by 40 inch, built by the Globe Iron Works, her boilers being capable of furnishing steam for the working of her machinery to its full capacity. Her wheel is 11 feet diameter and 13 and a half feet lead. She is a double decker, has steel arches and will carry three spars.
After the launch the RHODES moved down the river with flags flying, to Grover's dock, where she will receive her fit-out. She will be ready for sea by the end of the week. Captain W.H.Humphrey, for a number of years master of the OSCAR TOWNSEND, will command the new ship; John Pringle, last year on the SIMON LANGELL, first mate; and Thomas Deshaw, of marine City, second mate; Christopher Castle, who has been running the engine at the post-office, will be chief engineer, and Thomas Hague, second.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. May 5, 1887 p.4

Steam screw ROBERT R. RHODES. U. S. No. 110732. Of 1576 tons gross; 1286 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1887. Home port, Cleveland, O. 246.0 x 40.0 x 19.3 Crew of 16. Of 630 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Robert Rhodes (Propeller), U110732, 3 May 1887