The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary C. Elphicke (Freighter), 6 Jun 1901

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If the weather is good a large crowd will witness the launching of the 450 foot steel stm. MARY C. ELPHICKE at South Chicago this afternoon.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      June 6, 1901

The last launch at South Chicago for the present season took place yesterday, when the steel stm. MARY C. ELPHICKE dropped into the water. A little miss of 12 years after whom the vessel is named performed the christening ceremony. The task of swinging the heavy quart bottle of wine was quite an athletic feat for the little one, but she performed her part as well as many a woman of mature years has done in the same place, and in a perfectly composed manner, she thanked B.W. Wells vice president of the shipbuilding company for the huge bunch of American Beauty roses he presented to herewith the compliments of the company. Fully 7,000 people witnessed the launch. The steamer is 450 ft. over all, 430 ft. keel, 50 ft. beam and 28 1/2 ft. deep, being designed to carry 7,000 tons of cargo on the present draft of water in lake channels. The boat will be entirely completed in a few weeks and enter the general lake trade.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      June 7, 1901

The new steel steamer MARY C. ELPHICKE is enroute from South Chicago to Superior for iron ore. She is under charter to the Steel Trust.
      Milwaukee Scrapbook
      July 1, 1901

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Mary C. Elphicke (Freighter), 6 Jun 1901