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Manila (Schooner), U92950, 27 Apr 1899

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      The cargo steamer building at the works of the Chicago Ship Building Co. for the Minnesota Steamship Co. will be named MAUNALOA. The steel barge building at the same works for the same company will be named MANILA.
      The Marine Review
      April 27, 1899

      A Chicago correspondent says: "Everybody connected with the Chicago Shipbuilding Co., or having business with the ship yard here, is pleased with the announcement that there is to be no disturbance in the local organization on account of the consolidation. As manager of the Chicago works, Mr. W.I. Babcock has been entirely in touch and in control of all its affairs. With his ability fully recognized and with respect for his authority in all departments of the works, a change would have proven especially unfortunate at this time, when arrangements have been made for enlargement of the dry dock and with an important addition to the engine department nearing completion. Cabin work on the passenger steamer ILLINOIS for the Northern Michigan Transportation Co. is being hurried, and she will be delivered to her owners early next month. Work on the freight steamer MAUNALOA and consort MANILA for the Minnesota Steamship Co. is also progressing as rapidly as possible, but there is still considerable to be done on them before they will have reached their launching stage. Supt. H. Penton of the engine department is engaged in carrying out a plan of providing and maintaining in the enlarged engine works a reading and lecture room for the free use of the workmen. The idea is as yet in the preliminary stage, and more may be said of it later on, but it will undoubtedly be carried out in a manner decidedly advantageous to the men "
      The Marine Review
      May 25, 1899

      The launch at the yard of the Chicago Ship Building Co. recently of the barge MANILA, building for the Minnesota Steamship Co., marked the completion of the first vessel riveted entirely by pneumatic tools.
      The Marine Review
      June 29, 1899

      Included among new vessels in the July supplement of the Inland Lloyd's Register are the following: Side-wheel steamer PENNSYLVANIA, owned by Erie and Buffalo Steamboat Co., valued at $100,000 and rated A1; steamer GLOBE (rebuilt and lengthened), Bessemer Steamship Co. of Cleveland, $220,000, A1; steel barge MANILA, Minnesota Steamship Co.. Cleveland, $175,000, A1; wooden barge SANTIAGO, James Davidson, West Bay City, $95,000, A1* steel barge JOHN SMEATON, Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland, $175,000, A1.
      The Marine Review
      July 6, 1899

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Manila (Schooner), U92950, 27 Apr 1899