The steamer ORLANDO M. POE, of the Bessemer fleet, was ready for service yesterday, when she left Cleveland, where she was launched. She is 490 feet overall, 50 feet beam, 29 feet deep. Tow other steamers are nearing completion for the Bessemer fleet, and both will be out before the end of June. The one to be launched at South Chicago will be the ROBERT W.E. BUNSEN and the one at West Superior the CHARLES R. VAN HISE.
May 8, 1900
West Superior, Wis., June 16. - The steamer CHARLES R. VANHISE was launched at the yards of the Superior Shipbuilding Company here today. She is the largest boat ever built here. Her length over all is 461 feet; beam, 50 feet; depth, 29 feet 6 inches. The steamer is named for Prof. Van Hise, of the University of Wisconsin, the author of various works on the iron bearing region of the Lake Superior district.
June 17, 1900
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The Rockefeller steamer CHARLES R. VAN HISE was launched at the yard of the Superior Shipbuilding Co., Superior, Wis., on Saturday last. She is the biggest boat ever built at the yard, which has during its existence built forty-four boats. Over all the vessel is 461 feet long. Her beam is 50 feet and depth 29 feet 6 inches. The vessel's capacity is 6,800 gross tons on 18 feet draught. There are three steel deck houses for officers, crew and engineers. The VAN HISE will be a powerful freighter as her quadruple expansion engines are of about 2.000 horse power. She was christened by Miss Dorothy Olcott of Duluth The VAN HISE is named for Prof. Van Hise of the University of Wisconsin the author of various works on the iron bearing region of the Lake Superior district.
June 21, 1900
Steam screw CHARLES R. VAN HISE. U. S. No. 127426. Of 5, 117 tons gross; 3,673 tons net. Built West Superior, Wis., 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 458.0 x 50.2 x 25.0. Of 2,000 indicated horsepowe. Freight service.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901