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

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A special dispatch from Cleveland last night said: The stm. ROBERT R. RHODES was successfully launched today from Quayles upper yard. She is 262 ft. over all, 40 ft. beam and 21 ft. hold, and a duplicate of the SAMUEL
MATHER launched a few days ago.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 3, 1887 1-10

      The new stm. R.R. RHODES, launched at Cleveland Monday, is owned by R.R. Rhodes, Moore & Bartow, and others. She is 260 ft. long, 40 ft. beam, 21 ft. hold. Her compound engine is 28 and 50 inches by 40 inches, supplied by 2 steel boilers each 16 by 9 1/2 ft. It is estimated that she will carry 2,100 tons. She cost $112,000. Her master is W.H. Humphrey last season on the OSCAR TOWNSEND.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 6, 1887 1-10

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 R. Rhodes (Propeller), U110732, 3 May 1887