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Yale (Propeller), U27665, 4 Aug 1895

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Saturday, the 20th. is the date fixed for the launching of the steel steamer building at the yard of the Cleveland Ship Building Company for M. Drake and others of Buffalo. Mr. R.R. Rhodes of Cleveland has decided to honor his son's college by giving the name YALE to the big 400 foot boat building for him at the same yard.
      ? [Marine Review ?]
      April 15, 1895

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Several steel vessels building in lake ship yards are now about ready for launching. On Saturday, the 27th inst, the Globe Iron Works Co., Cleveland, will launch the steel tow barge TYRONE, building for Messrs. Irwin, Tener and others, owners of the steamers HARPER and NIMICK. This boat, alike to the tow barges built for the Minnesota company and John Corrigan at Chicago, will be fitted with a steam towing machine. on the same date, Wheeler & Co. of West Bay City will launch one of the big Eddy-Shaw steamers, the first of seven steel freighters which they have under contract. On the following Saturday, Aug. 3, Mr. R. R. Rhodes' steamer YALE, another of the largest type of ore carriers, will be launched by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. It is expected also that the 400-foot steamer ZENITH CITY, being built at South Chicago for A.B. Wolvin of Duluth, and others, will be ready for launching during the first week in August. The launch of the ZENITH CITY will leave the Chicago yard with no contracts other than that covering the steel tow barge for John Corrigan and others of Cleveland. The Globe Company, Cleveland, has a revenue cutter to build for the government and has just laid the keel for the largest of all ore carriers 412 feet keel which is to be managed in the office of M. A. Hanna & Co. At the yard of the Cleveland Ship Building Co. the launch of the YALE will be followed by active work on the new 400-foot steamer for the Wilson Transit Co. This boat is to be 45 feet beam, although most other boats of 400 feet length are given 48 feet width. Capt. Wilson says there are some places where steamers of 48 feet beam can not well be handled, and he is desirous of having his boat suited to all harbors. Notwithstanding his decision in this regard, he is of the opinion, however, that boats of 50 feet beam will be built later, but that the limit of length for some time to come has been reached.
      Marine Review
      July 25, 1895

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On Saturday next the 392 foot steel steamer YALE will be launched from the yards of the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company. The christening ceremonies will be interesting. The Murray-Lane Opera Company will be present and will sing several selections which have been especially prepared for the occasion. J.K. Murray will sing a solo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, August 1, 1895
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      Cleveland, Aug. 3 - The new steamer YALE was launched at the yard of the Cleveland Shipbuilding Co. this afternoon in the presence of the largest crowd that ever witnessed an event of the kind. A novel ceremony in connection with the launching was the singing of "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean." and other songs by an opera company playing at a loacal theatre. The big boat went into the water without a hitch and will be completed Sept. 1. She is the largest boat ever built at this port and will undoubtedly be the best equipped freighter on the Great Lakes. She is owned by Robert R. Rhodes and others of this city. She is 396 ft. over all, 45 ft. beam, 28 ft. deep, constructed of open hearth steel throughout. She will carry about 4,200 gross tons of iron ore on a mean graught of 15 ft., or 6,000 net tons on a draught of 16 ft. Capt. John Coulter, now in the LOUSIANA, will command her, and Harry Stone will be chief engineer. She will trade in coarse freight.
      Detroit Tribune
      August 4, 1895

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The largest vessel ever built at Cleveland, the YALE, was launched Saturday. Robert R. Rhodes and others of Cleveland are owners.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 5, 1895

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Yale (Propeller), U27665, 4 Aug 1895