The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. H. Starke (Propeller), U125945, 3 Sep 1881

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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 165 feet in length, has 30 feet beam, and 9 feet 6 inches depth of hold. The 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
      Wednesday, September 7, 1881

Steam was raised on the steam barge C. H. STARKE, Wednesday evening, for the purpose of testing the new compound engine built for her during the winter by James Sheriffs. Everything was in readiness for the trial at 9 o'clock. A little later Mr. Sheriffs opened the throttle and set the engine in motion. It had not made many turns ere there was a crash, followed by a rush of steam which completely filled the engine-room. A lively scampering to get beyond the reach of supposed harm followed; then the steam was shut off from the engine at the boiler and a survey of the damage instituted. The small condenser engine proved to be a complete wreck. The crosshead had broken, driving out the cylinder head, shattering the frame and shivering the slides. Almost an entire new engine will have to be built, and the Starke will be delayed for some time. The loss to Mr. Sheriffs will be several hundred dollars.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      Saturday, April 21, 1883
      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