The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James S. Keefe (Propeller), U77580, 31 Jan 1903

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      New Boat For the St. Lawrence Successfully Slid Into the Water.
      Gracefully the giant steel steamer JAMES S. KEEFE, of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Company, slipped into the water at the Buffalo dry dock at the foot of Ganson street in view of a large, enthusiastic and cheering throng, at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
The steamer, which will be completed at a cost of not less than $150,000, will be in readiness for the spring commerce, and will be commissioned as a package and freight carrier, plying between Quebec and upper lake ports. Her dimensions are as follows: Lenght over all, 225 feet; keel, 241; beam, 41, and depth of hold, 18 feet.
      Buffalo Sunday Morning News
      Sunday, February 1, 1903

The steel propeller J.S. KEEFE was successfully launched on Saturday at the Buffalo yards of the American Ship Building Co. Miss Mary Dempster was the sponsor for the KEEFE. The dimensions of the boar are 241 feet keel x 41 x 18. She has triple expansion engines with cylinders 15 inch, 15 inch and 42 inch.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, February 2, 1903
Steam screw J.S. KEEFE. U. S. No. 77580. Of 1,640 tons gross; 944 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1903. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 238.7 x 41.0 x 19.2 Of 600 indicated horsepower. Crew of 18. Steel built. Freight service.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1909

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James S. Keefe (Propeller), U77580, 31 Jan 1903