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Captain Thomas Wilson (Propeller), U127469, 29 Aug 1900

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Port Huron, August 4. -- The new steel ship building at the Jenks yards on Black River will soon be completed. The big rudder resembles the tail of a monster whale. As it stands in the yards supported by two derricks it is twice the height of a man and about twenty feet long. When the last plate has been riveted on their will have been 2,500 tons of steel used in the construction of the hull alone of the boat, nearly one-half the weight of her carrying capacity, which is expected to be 6,500 tons of iron ore. The CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON will be the name of the new boat, after the founder of the company for which she was built, the Wilson Transit Company, of Cleveland. Going light the boat will draw about 12 feet of water. About 300 men have been employed in the construction of the WILSON and the pay-roll of the Jenks Company for work on the new boat alone has averaged over $3,000 a week. A small colony of boarding houses have come into existence in the vicinity of the shipyards and the sounds of the clang of steel on steel has been sweet music to a large number of people. Within three weeks from date it is expected the boat will be completed and the expectations are that no more steel boats will be built at the yards this year, but whether or not any wooden ones is not known.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 4, 1900

      The big steamer CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON, building for the Wilson Transit Co., will be launched at the yard of the Jenks Shipbuilding Co., at Port Huron, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The new boat will probably be christened by Mrs. Wilson.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      August 29, 1900
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The new propeller CAPT. THOMAS WILSON, now on her way up from for her maiden cargo, has a triple expansion engine of 1,000 horse power, steam for which is furnished by three Scotch boilers. It will propel the vessel along at the rate of 16 miles an hour, light, and about 12 ½ miles an hour loaded. Two hundred and twenty five tons of coal will be necessary for one round trip of eight or nine days. The grain carrying capacity of the WILSON is 225,000 bushels of wheat. Throughout the ship is a model of modern construction, steam steering gear, wire mooring machines and other equipment for time and safety being special features. The captain's quarters are elegant in construction and equipment, all the conveniences and elegance of a hotel suite. Neat and well equipped cabin room aft furnishes accommodation for ten passengers.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 5, 1900
Steam screw CAPTAIN THOMAS WILSON. U. S. No. 127469. Of 4,719 tons gross; 3,959 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1900. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 420.5 x 50.0 x 24.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901

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Captain Thomas Wilson (Propeller), U127469, 29 Aug 1900