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N. K. Fairbanks (Propeller), U130033, 1 Sep 1874

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Capt. Morley's new steamer, building at Marine City was launched today. She measures 207' keel, 200' on deck, 36' 8" beam, lower hold 11' 2" between between decks and upper hold 7' 6", estimated tonnage 1100. She was modeled and built by Capt. W.B. Morley, assisted by Mr. Hill. Her machinery will be two direct-acting condensing engines 34" x 32" on one shaft, her boiler will be 10' shell, 17' long. Her engines will be put in by Wm. Cowie of Detroit; her wheel will be 10' in diameter. Her boiler will be put on the main deck and will be encased in a pan of 1/2 " iron 72' x 25'. She will carry three spars, fore, main and mizzen and it is expected she will make a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, July 18, 1874

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      The Marine City Gazette says work on the CITY OF ROCHESTER, Capt. Morley's new boat, is progressing finely. Her engine and boiler are in their places and the joiners will complete their work in about four weeks, when she will be ready for navigation.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 17, 1874

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      The new boat of Morley Bros. built at Marine City, and now fitting out at the Detroit Drydock, is to be named the N.K. FAIRBANKS, after a prominent grain dealer of Chicago. She will be ready for business in about 2 weeks, and be commanded by one of the Morleys, but which one is not yet decided. The craft had steam up on Monday and the machinery worked in a very satisfactory manner.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 11, 1874 3-6

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Capt. Morley's new boat will be named the N.K. FAIRBANK after a Chicago grain dealer, instead of the CITY OF ROCHESTER as heretofore announced. She will be ready for business in about a week.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, September 19, 1874

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Steam screw N.K. FAIRBANKS. U. S. No. 130033. Of 980.30 gross tons; 831.27 tons net. Built at Marine City, Mich., in 1874. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 205.0 x 36.7 x 11.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. s., 1889

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N. K. Fairbanks (Propeller), U130033, 1 Sep 1874