The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
J. J. H. Brown (Propeller), U204993, 12 Feb 1908

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      Being Christened By Mrs. J. J. H. Brown.
The big steel steamer J. J. H. BROWN that was dropped into the water successfully at the Lorain yards of the American Shipbuilding Company Saturday, is being made ready for the opening of navigation. The boat was christened by Mrs. J. J. H. Brown of Buffalo, wife of Capt. Brown of the Brown Steamship Company. Which is building the boat. Mrs. Brown performed her duties in a charming manner. She was presented with a huge bouquet of roses.
      Following the launching the party attended a luncheon at the Union Club, Cleveland. Edward Smith of Buffalo, president of the Great Lakes Towing Company, was toastmaster. The toasts responded to by Buffalonians were: "Congratulations From Buffalo," Edward F. Gaskin; "Experiences With The Brown Family," Harvey L. Brown; "The Man And The Ship," Dell T. Tuttle. W. E. Corey, president of the United States Steel Company, was present and delivered a brief speech in a very optimistic strain. Other speakers were: Capt. W. C. Richardson; A. H. Hawgood and J. B. Harries of Cleveland, President A. B. Wallace of the American Shipbuilding Company; W. L. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Shipbuilding Company; R. C. Wetmore, vice-president and treasurer of the American Shipbuilding Company and Harvey D. Goulder. Capt. Fred Chamberlin of Detroit will bring out the BROWN, and Peter Collins of Milwaukee will be chief engineer. The new steamer will be managed by Brown & Company.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, February 12, 1908

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      Steamer BROWN in Port.
The new steel freighter J. J. H. BROWN, named for Capt. Brown, the local vessel man, is in port after her maiden trip from the shipyards at Lorain. Capt. Brown and a few friends came down on the boat on her first trip. A cargo of coal for the upper lakes will be taken.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, May 14, 1908

Steam screw J. J. H. BROWN. U. S. No. 204993. Of 5,069 tons gross; 3,787 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1908. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 432.0 x 52.0 x 28.0 Freight service. Crew of 22. Of1,500 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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J. J. H. Brown (Propeller), U204993, 12 Feb 1908