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Thomas L. Parker (Schooner), U145468, 6 Aug 1881

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Messrs. Hanson & Scove, of manitowoc, have contracted with C. W. Elphicke, of Chicago, to build a three-and-after schooner of the following dimensions: Length of keel, 185 feet; breadth of beam, 33 feet; depth of hold 13 feet 6 inches. She will carry 44,000 bushels of wheat, and is intended for the grain trade.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, April 13, 1881


Captain Elphicke's fine new schooner, on the stocks at Manitowoc, has been named THOMAS L. PARKER. She will be launched next Thursday.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 6, 1881
The schooner THOMAS L. PARKER was launched at Manitowoc, Wis., Saturday afternoon. The vessel was built by Messrs. Hanson & Scove, for Captain Elphike, of Chicago. She will be commanded by Captain Fitch, of Chicago, who is a part owner. Her full dimensions are as follows: Length over all 200 feet; length of keel 185 feet; breadth of beam 33 feet; depth of hold 13 feet 6 inches; tonnage, something over 600 tons; capacity about 50,000 bushels of wheat; cost complete $50,000.
      Cleveland Herald
      August 16, 1881

      [special telegram to the Inter Ocean.]
Manitowoc, Wis., Aug. 13. -- The large three masted schooner THOMAS L. PARKER was launched here this afternoon. She was built by Houson & Score at a cost of $5,000 for Elpercke and Thomas L. Parker, both of Chicago. Her dimensions are, length, 185 feet; breadth, 33 feet; depth 13½ feet; with a carrying capacity of 600 tons.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbbook, June/Sept. 1881
THOMAS L. PARKER, U.S. No. 145468

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Thomas L. Parker (Schooner), U145468, 6 Aug 1881