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Jessie H. Farwell (Propeller), U76203, 11 Mar 1881

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Shipbuilding At Gibralter.
      Messrs. Linn & Craig have on the stocks, and well advanced, in their yard at Gibralter, Mich., a new steam-barge for the Escanaba & lake Michigan Transportation Company, of
the following dimensions: Length of keel, 200 feet; over all, 215 feet; beam, 35 feet, depth, 22 feet. The lower hold will be twelve feet deep, and the height between decks eight feet. The craft is iron strapped inside and out, and has an iron chord running fore and aft, entirely around her, under the main deck. The engine and boiler are being built at Detroit. Cost of the craft complete, $85,000.
      Immediately after the launch of the above steam-barge, Messrs. Linn & Craig will proceed to build another, over the same molds, but ten feet longer, for Messrs. Adams, Farwell & Co., of Detroit, which is contracted to be ready for the early fall trade.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, March 11, 1881

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The new steambarge on the stocks at Gibraltar, Mich., for the Escanaba and Lake Michigan Transportation Company will be named ESCANABA. The name selected for the new steambarge being built at Gibralter for J. H. Farwell & Co., of Detroit, is JESSIE H. FARWELL. The latter will tow the barge J. H. RUTTER.
      Cleveland Herald
      Friday, April 8, 1881

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The steamship JESSIE H. FARWELL was launched Saturday at Gibraltar. Her dimensions are: Length of keel, 210 feet; beam, 35 feet; molded depth, 22 feet.
      Cleveland Herald
      Tuesday, April 26, 1881

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FARWELL, JESSIE H. Propeller of 1200 tons. Built Gibraltar 1881 by Linn & Craig. Owned by Thos. Adams, et al. Home port, Detroit. Value $85,000 Class A 1*. Remarks -- Iron bands and chords.
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Classification, 1882

JESSIE H. FARWELL.* Built 1881 Bulk Propeller - Wood
      U. S. No. 76203 1200 gt - 997 nt 212' x 35' x 19'
      * Renamed (b) JAMES W. FOLLETTE - US - 1911
      (c) JAMES W. FOLLETTE - Canada - 1916 [c 116816]
Wrecked on Lake Ontario in 1923 and dismantled.
      Toledo Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great Lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Jessie H. Farwell (Propeller), U76203, 11 Mar 1881