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Mae (Propeller), 23 Feb 1899

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Miller, Bull & Knowlton, vessel owners of 130 Pearl street, New York, are said to be the purchasers of the Welland canal size steel freight steamer building at the works of the Craig Ship Building Co., Toledo. The name selected for the vessel is MAE. This steamer was described with plans in a recent issue of Marine Review.
      The Marine Review
      February 23, 1899

A steel screw cargo steamer, built on the great lakes but planned in all respects for ocean service, is illustrated herewith. The vessel is the MAE, which will be launched about April 15, at the works of the Craig Ship Building Co.. Toledo, and which was sold a short time ago to Miller, Bull & Knowlton, Hanover Square building, New York. With freights to the West Indies and along the Atlantic coast in the condition they are now, this vessel which wild go on down to the coast in the early spring by way of the Welland canal and St. Lawrence river (she is full canal size), will undoubtedly prove a money-maker. This is the kind of vessel that is especially in demand just now in the coasting trade, but it is impossible of course, to provide this type of vessel, or in fact any other kind of ship, for the coasting trade for some time to come, on account of the crowded condition of ship yards al] over the country, and the difficulty in securing material even for the ship building orders that are in hand. Messrs. Miller, Bull & Knowlton were therefore fortunate in securing not only this ship but in having also taken up for the New York & Porto Rico Steamship Co. a favorable offer from the Craig company to build another steamer on options for material that were secured at low figures some time ago The he second steamer which will follow the one now about ready for launching wild be named Porto Rico and will be for mail freight ant passenger service around the island of Porto Rico. She will be 220 feet long. 32 feet beam and about 21 feet et depth of hold, with 8 feet between decks. Her speed is to be 12 to 13 knots. She will be finely
fitted up in every particular for about thirty first-class and twenty-five second-class passengers with electric lights throughout and every modern convenience. Miller, Bull & Knowlton also have building at Wilmington, Del. two other steamers the PONCE and SAN JUAN which will be ready next fall for the Porto Rico Line.
In the steamer MAE, which was first put down in the Toledo yard on builders' account but afterward changed in design to be in every way suited to the Atlantic coast trade the New York firm has undoubtedly secured a bargain, principally for the reason that they got her at a price based on the cost of steel for her construction before the recent heavy advance had taken place. They are employing John Haug of Philadelphia, the well-known naval architect and Lloyd's representative there in the construction of the steamer, and every part of her is being built subject to his approval. She will also class A1 in the Record of American and Foreign Shipping.
Particulars of the MAE are: A steel single screw steamer of 2,100 tons gross and 1200 tons net; length over all, 263 feet; beam 42 feet: molded depth. 25 feet, speed between 10 and 11 knots per hour when loaded; consumption, about 20 tons per 24 hours; wooden 'tween decks laid throughout; mean draft, fully loaded. 19 feet; dead weight capacity about 3.000 tons, cubic capacity, about 130,000 feet for cargo: bunker capacity, 250 tons; steam steering gear; steam windlass; four Lidgerwood hoisting engines and connections: large donkey boiler, 9 feet long by 7 ½ feet diameter, capable of driving all winches at once: four hatches two 16 x 20 feet, and two 16 x 16 feet: water ballast in cellular double bottom. four watertight steel bulkheads: evaporator and ash ejector: copper and brass piping throughout; bilge keelsons, 125 feet long on each side: Ellis & Eaves induced draught, giving greater speed and reduced consumption and taking up less room in steamer. thus giving more cargo space, triple expansion, surface condensing engines with cylinders of 22 37 and 61 inches diameter with 36 inches stroke: steam pressure 175 pounds, two steel boilers (Scotch type), 12 feet 6 inches by 12 feet; steam starting and reversing gear.
      The Marine Review
      April 6, 1899

Upward of 300 men are now employed regularly by the Craig Ship Building Co. at Toledo. Engines and boilers are being placed in the steamer MAE, building for Miller, Bull & Knowlton of New York, and a handsome 25 foot gasoline launch has just been shipped to Thomas Burton of Detour, Mich.
      The Marine Review
      May 25, 1899

The MAE, of the steamers building at the Craig works, Toledo, for Miller, Bull & Knowlton of New York. will be launched Saturday. This vessel is named for a daughter of Mr. Bull of the New York firm. Another of the vessels, the Winnifred, is named for the daughter of Mr. Knowlton ' also of the firm of ship owners.
      The Marine Review
      June 8, 1899

MAE.* Built June 10, 1899 Ocean Steamer - Steel
U. S. No. 92953 2201 gt - 11497 nt 252.7' x 42' x 24'
* Renamed (b) NEREE - French - 1919
      Scrapped in 1927.
      Toledo Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Mae (Propeller), 23 Feb 1899