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William A. Rogers (Propeller), U202311, 8 Jul 1905

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The Niagara Transit Company's new steamer WILLIAM A. ROGERS, which was launched this noon at Lorain, will be sailed by Capt. Thomas A Deringer of Ada, O., formerly in the ore carrier FLEETWOOD, of the Tonawanda Iron & Steel Company's fleet, Frank Trinkwalder is appointed engineer.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 8, 1905

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WILLIAM A. ROGERS U.S. 202475, steel bulk propeller. Renamed LEHIGH 1916, JOHNSTOWN IN 1843. Scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in i948.
      Records of Cleveland Ship
      Building Co., Lorain, Ohio.

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STEEL FREIGHTER "ROGERS" LAUNCHED. - Cleveland, July 8, The steel freight steamer WILLIAM A. ROGERS, being built at the Lorain yard of the American Shipbuilding Company for the Niagara Transit Company of North Tonawanda, was successfully launched at noon today. Nearly 75 guests from Buffalo and the Tonawandas were present when the vessel, the second largest on the lakes, slipped from the ways, and Alice Rogers, 11 year old, daughter of William A. Rogers of Buffalo, after whom the boat was named, smashed the bottle against the bow and christened the steamer.
The ROGERS will hail from North Tonawanda and will carry ore for the Lackawanna Steel Company of Buffalo. The vessel has a displacement of 10,000 tons, and will be the first on the lakes equipped with the steam steering gear which was recommended on all vessels of the ROGERS class at the last meeting of insurance underwriters at Buffalo.
Following the launching, the shipbuilding company banqueted the guests at the Clifton Club, Harvey H. Brown of Buffalo made an excellent toastmaster.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 9, 1905

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The new big freighter WILLIAM A. ROGERS, recently launched at Lorain for the Niagara Transit Company of North Tonawanda, goes into commission Aug. 5. She will go light to Superior, where she will take ore for Rogers, Brown & Co,'s Buffalo plant. She will continue on the Buffalo- Superior schedule for this season.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 22, 1905
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The new steamer WILLIAM A. ROGERS, which is owned by the Niagara Transit Company and was launched July 8 last, departed today on her maiden trip. The Rogers keel was laid April 11, and after noting her dimensions, capacity and equipment, it will be seen that much credit is due her builders for the dispatch they gave the job. Her length over all is 545 feet, length on keel 525 feet, molded breadth 55 feet, depth 31 feet, and depth of water ballast 5 feet. She is of arch or "hoppers" construction, with capacity of 10,000 gross tons. She is equipped with one vertical triple expansion engine, cylinders 23½ inches, 38 inches and 63 inches, with 42 inch stroke. She has two Scotch boilers, with 180 pounds pressure, and Ellis & Eaves induced draft. She contains 32 cargo hatches, spaced 12 feet centers, with patent steel hatch covers.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 5, 1905
Steam screw WILLIAM A. ROGERS. U. S. No. 202311. Of 6,524 tons gross; 5,101 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1905. Home port, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 525.0 x 55.0 x 31.0 Passenger service. Crew of 19. Of 1,800 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906

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William A. Rogers (Propeller), U202311, 8 Jul 1905