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Crescent (Sandsucker), U207404, 26 Mar 1910

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The new steel sand-sucker built by Benjamin L. Cowles was launched at his yards at the foot of Louisana street this afternoon. Her name is the CRESCENT, bestowed upon her by Mrs. Cowles, who acted as sponsor. The sand-sucker is 135 feet long, 34 feet beam, and 10 feet depth. She is self propelling and will be equipped with the most modern machinery. She will be used for the local trade pumping sand for the Perry Sand Company.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, March 26, 1910

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      Largest Boat of her Kind in Buffalo Port Takes Her First Dip.
The CRESCENT, a gravel pump-boat built by Benjamin L. Cowles for his own use, and the largest of her kind at this port, took her first dip in the waters of Buffalo River at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the Cowles shipyards. Mrs. Cowles standing sponsor for the new boat.
The launching was successful in every detail. The boat rested upon ways on the stone wall eight feet above the water. When the last hawser was cut she took the drop, the splash was not as great as some of those unaccustomed to launchings expected.
      Of Twin Screw Type.
The CRESCENT is of the twin screw type and built of steel. She is 135 feet long, 34 feet beam and nine feet depth of hold and carries a cargo of 500 yards of gravel on deck, which is equivalent to 900 tons. She is equipped with two 14 by 16-inch non-condensing engines, one marine boiler seven feet six inches in diameter, also a 12 inch centrifugal pump with direct connection to the double 10 by 10 engine, steam capstan, two hoisting engines, steam steerer and electric light plant. The steering device is unique in that the boat has two rudders, one being placed astern of each propeller wheel. The cost of the boat was $40,000 and when completed she will be operated under contract for the Perry Sand Company.
A little sentiment crept into the selection of the name, for Crescent is a town in the eastern part of the State which was the birthplace of Capt. Cowle's father.
      Those Who Were Present.
When she broke a bottle of wine on the bow of the new boat Mrs. Cowles was accompanied by Misses Alice and Francis Griesser, Mrs. N. J. Hutchinson, Mrs. William Schadler, Mrs. Joseph Whalen, Miss Winifred Whalen, Mrs Frank Hibbard, Mrs. H. M. Frills, Mrs. Frank Roscoe and Mrs. William G. Fox.
Among the transportation men who saw the launching were Capt. William G. Fox, who will command the CRESCENT; John A. Welbeck, marine surveyor; Capt. W. W. Griesser of the Life Saving Station; Fred G. Rogers, marine superintendent of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company; John A. Talty, assistant supervisor of equipment for the Public Service Commission; John Lundrigan, deputy commisioner of labor; D. J. Perry, president of the Perry Sand Company; John Garman, State harbor master; George W. Smith, president of the Seneca Transportation Company and Hugh Thomas of the Empire Limestone Company. Superintendent of Police Michael Regan was also on hand to see the launching.
      Buffalo Sunday Morning News
      Saturday, March 27, 1910

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Steam screw CRESCENT. U. S. No. 207404. Of 385 tons gross; 297 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y. in 1910. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 135.0 x 34.0 x 9.6 Crew of 5. Of 200 indicated horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1911

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Crescent (Sandsucker), U207404, 26 Mar 1910