The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Clarence a Black (Propeller), U127300, 26 Jan 1899

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In referring to the call from the Bessemer company for more bids a vessel owner who is in close touch with ship yard matters says: "It would seem that one object of the Bessemer company in calling for bids just now is to make prices for another contract with F. W. Wheeler. Still it should be a matter of encouragement regarding the general business outlook of the country for the next two or three years to learn that, notwithstanding the great advance in material, Mr. Rockefeller's representatives are negotiating for another half a million dollar's worth of vessel property, which is not to come out until 1900. I am told also that the Detroit Dry Dock Co. is getting $240,000 each for the two freight steamers they are about to put down at Wyandotte. Contracts for vessels of this kind could have been closed a couple of months ago at about $215,000 each. The Dry Dock people are certainly at an advantage in having refused cheap work this year. One of these vessels is for the Eddy-Shaw interest of West Bay City. Names of owners of the other vessel are not given out, but she will be managed in Detroit. Another indication of higher values on modern ships is found in negotiations for the sale of the steamer C.A. BLACK, built during the past year by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. at Lorain. Detroit owners of this vessel have been offered $235,000 for her by two intending purchasers. She is being held at $240,000. Her cost was not very much in excess of $200,000. She was ordered when work was slack in the ship yards.
      The Marine Review
      January 26, 1899

Steam screw CLARENCE A. BLACK. U. S. No. 127300. Of 4,521 tons gross; 3,274 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio, 1898. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 413.4 x 50.2 x 24.5 Crew of 23. Steel built. Of 1,200 indicated horsepower.
      Buffalo Evening News
      August 13, 1904

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Clarence a Black (Propeller), U127300, 26 Jan 1899