The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Samuel F. B. Morse (Propeller), U116841, 8 Jun 1899

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On a recent trip from Duluth to Conneaut, the Bessemer company's steamer SAMUEL F.B. MORSE, towing one of the biggest of the Rockefeller barges (the two vessels carrying approximately 13,000 gross tons) made an average of 11.2 miles an hour for the entire distance from the head of the lakes to the ore unloading port, with no allowance of any kind for checks in the rivers or canals. Last season's record of 7,023 gross or 7,866 net tons of ore moved from Duluth to Conneaut in the Bessemer barge ROEBLING still leads the cargo list on the great lakes. It is not expected, of course, that any of the big steamer coming out this year, although of greater dimensions than the Bessemer barges, will equal them in capacity, as the barges have no space given up to machinery. The new Wilson line steamer HENRY W. OLIVER will probably carry 6,700 gross tons on the draught of close to 18 feet that is expected in the rivers later on.
      The Marine Review
      June 8, 1899

Steam screw SAMUEL F.B. MORSE. U. S. No. 116841. Of 4936 gross tons; 4301 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich., 1898. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 456.0 x 50.0 x 24.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Samuel F. B. Morse (Propeller), U116841, 8 Jun 1899