A large new schooner named the MARION M. PAGE is looked for in Chicago within a few days. She is about 800 tons, and is owned by Fries, of Milan. Another, and a still larger vessel, also owned by Fries, is being fitted out. Both were built at Milan. The PAGE is sailed by Capt. Malcomb Staker.
Tuesday, June 5, 1877
Chicago Tribune: A handsome new three-and-after of the largest class, named the MARION W. PAGE, came into port yesterday morning at an early hour, and moored at the coal dock at the continuance of the main river and the North Branch. During the day she was inspected by many old skippers and owners of vessel property. One ancient mariner, who viewed her with a critical eye, said she had a splendid bow, she looked beautiful forward, but she was not quite symmetrical enough to his taste; he would prefer a better sheer, and was not so well pleased with her aft, The PAGE is owned by Valentine Fries, a wealthy gentleman at Milan, O., who possesses a number of fine craft in the lake trade, and who builds his vessels at his shipyards in that place. He has been about two years construction the PAGE, and her timber is well seasoned. She carries three smooth, straight poles, the mainmast towering to a height of 100 feet, and the maintopmast 75 feet, foremast 99 feet; foretopmast 75 feet; mizzentopmast 60 feet. All her canvas and rigging throughout are brand new, and she has a roomy and well finished cabin, containing every convenience necessary. The length of her keel is 192 feet; breadth of beam 34 feet; and depth of hold, 14 feet. She has a capacity of from 47,000 to 50,000 bushels of wheat. She brought up from below 1,200 tons of soft coal. Her registered tonnage is 749.97. Captain Malcom Stalker is in charge of the new craft. He is an old seaman, and has sailed a number of years for Mr. Fries. Another vessel registering 999 tons measurement is being built for the same gentleman at Milan. She has been christened the CHARLES FOSTER.
Tuesday, June 12, 1877
Schooner MARION W. PAGE. U. S. No. 90986. Of 749.97 tons gross; 712.48 tons net. Built Milan, O., 1876. Home port, Sandusky, O. 194.0 x 34.0 x 14.8
Merchant Vessel List U. S., 1891