The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James M. Schoonmaker (Propeller), U209185, 1 Oct 1911

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Successful Maiden Trip.
Marine interests of the lakes carefully followed the maiden trip of the largest of the big lake freighters, the COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER, which cleared Duluth yesterday with a load of ore for Lake Erie. The practicability of vessels the size of the SCHOONMAKER has often been a subject of much discussion and the first trip of the new steamer is expected to settle it. From reports received here from Sheboygan, where the SCHOONMAKER carried her first cargo of more than 12,000 tons of coal. It is understood that the big vessel was handled there as easily and unloaded as quickly as any of the large freighters now in use.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, October 21, 1911

Steam screw COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER. U. S. No. 209185. Of 8,603 tons gross; 6,650 tons net. Built Ecorse, Mich., 1911. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 590.0 x 64.2 x 34.2 Freight service. Crew of 24. Steel built. Of 2,500 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1913

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James M. Schoonmaker (Propeller), U209185, 1 Oct 1911