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C. H. Starke (Propeller), U125945, 3 Sep 1881

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A NEW STEAMBARGE. --The fine, new steambarge AMBOY, building at the Milwaukee ship yard, will probably be launched one week from today. She is of the following dimensions: Length of keel 150 feet; breadth of beam 30 feet; depth of hold 9 feet 6 inches. She is supplied with five-inch frames. Her planks inside and out are four inches. Her engine and boiler, though second-hand, are in the best condition, having been thoroughly overhauled. She is supplied with a double engine. Her machinery was formerly in the big tug MUIR. Her cost complete will be $45,000. She will run in the lumber trade between east-shore ports and Chicago. She will carry about 850,000 feet of lumber.
      She will be commanded by Captain Dan Sullivan, brother of Captain Dennis Sullivan, of the schooner MOONLIGHT
      Cleveland Herald
      August 29, 1881
NOTE:-- the above was not launched as the AMBOY but as the C. H. STARKE.

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Milwaukee, Sept. 3. -- The new steambarge built for the Milwaukee Tug Company by the Milwaukee Ship-yard Company, was launched today without any accident, and in an entirely satisfactory manner. The new barge is 155 feet in length, has 30 feet breadth of beam, and 9 feet 6 inches depth of hold. Her machinery is that of the old tug MUIR. She is called the C. H. STARKE, and will be employed in the lumber trade.
      Cleveland Herald
      September 7, 1881
Steam screw C.H. STARKE. U. S. No. 125945. Of 317.98 tons gross; 266.71 tons net. Built at Milwaukee, Wis, in 1881. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 149.0 x 30.0 x 9.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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C. H. Starke (Propeller), U125945, 3 Sep 1881