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Sparta (Propeller), U115242, 15 Apr 1874

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A new propeller was launched from the shipyard of Quayle & Sons, at Central way, Saturday afternoon. She is a 3-masted vessel and her dimensions are: Keel 200 ft.; overall, 216 ft.; beam 34 ft.; depth 18 1/2 ft. She has 2 decks and a carrying capacity of 1,000 tons. She is to be used in the Marquette ore trade, will be commanded by Capt. McKay, and is owned by the Cleveland Transportation Co.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 15, 1874

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Steam screw SPARTA. U. S. No 115242. Of 107.19 tons gross; 741.33 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1874. Home port, Cleveland, O. Of 766 nominal horsepower. 202.0 x 34.0 x 18.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

      The following vessels have been notified of their official number and registered tonnages:
Number Type Name Tonnage Port
8997 Schr. EDWARD KELLEY 776.43 Cleveland
95273 Stmr. HENRY PLUMB 92.78 Ogdensburg
95276 Schr. HELENA 863.93 Cleveland
115240 Schr. SUMATRA 845.34 Cleveland
115242 Stmr. SPARTA 1017.19 Cleveland
95278 Stmr. HAVANA 1041.43 Cleveland
75618 Schr. JENNIE MATHEWS 332.91 Port Huron
90611 Stmr. MORNING STAR 65.69 Mt. Clemens
80411 Tug WILLIAM LIVINGSTONE Jr. 291.58 Detroit
105361 Stmr. ABERCORN 260.79 Marine City
125251 Stmr. C.J. KERSHAW 1323.95 Bay City
125252 Tug CRUSADER 198.05 Port Huron
120130 Stmr. FANNIE TUTHILL 29.72 East Saginaw
85316 Schr. GEORGE KELLY 370.80 Bay City
19408 Schr. OTTAWA 163.29 Grand Haven
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, June 11, 1874

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Sparta (Propeller), U115242, 15 Apr 1874