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William L. Brown (Propeller), U81747, 2 Apr 1901

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The steel steamer WILLIAM L. BROWN, built for a Chicago syndicate headed by C.W. Elphicke, was launched at South Chicago yesterday.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday April 3, 1901

Chicago, May 4 - The new steamer W.L. BROWN sailed tonight on her maiden trip, taking a big grain cargo from South Chicago to Depot Harbor for the Canada-Atlantic line, which has chartered her for the season. The cargo consisted of 57,000 bushels corn, 151,461 bushels wheat and 30,494 bushels rye.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      May 5, 1901

      Joseph Brownell for two seasons past first mate of the Canada-Atlantic liner ARTHUR ORR, has been appointed to the command of that steamer. Capt. Massey who has command the ORR for 5 seasons, has been transferred to the large new steel steamer W.L. BROWN under charter to the same line. Capt. Brownell although still a very young man, is a capable and skillful navigator. His parents reside in Milwaukee but he makes his residence in Chicago.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      May 8, 1901

Capt. James Wilson, now in command of the stm. W.L. BROWN has been appointed master of the stm. MARY C. ELPHICKE, to be launched at South Chicago on June 1.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      May 10, 1901

Steam screw WLIILAM L. BROWN. U. S. No. 81747. Of 4,998 gross tons; 3,967 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1901. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 430.0 x 50.2 x 24.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901

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William L. Brown (Propeller), U81747, 2 Apr 1901