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Frederick B. Wells (Propeller), U121208, 4 Oct 1901

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The launch of the big steamer F. B. WELLS, the last affair of the sort this year, at the South Chicago shipyards, will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The WELLS is the last of the four big steel steamers ordered by the Peavey Grain Company. A sister ship, the F. T. HEFFELFINGER, launched some weeks ago, will be ready for service this week. Two other ships are now in commission. All of the boats are designed for the grain trade between Duluth and Buffalo, but have been carrying iron ore during the summer. They have water tube boilers and quadrangle expansion engines, their machinery equipment being of the highest class.
      Assorted Newspaper Clippings
      October 2, 1901

      The steamer F. B. WELLS, the fourth ship of the Peavey Steamship Company will be launched at the yards of the Chicago Shipbuilding Co., at South Chicago at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Miss Wilhelmina Forgan, daughter of James B. Forgan, President of the First National Bank will christen the Wells. Frank H. Peavey, head of the Peavey Company, will attend the launching.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      October 2, 1901
The last of the four large steamers built this season by the American Ship Building Co. for the Peavey Steamship Co. of Duluth, A.B. Wolvin manager, will be launched Saturday at the Chicago works, and will be named F.B. WELLS. The F.T. HEFFELFINGER, launched some time ago at the same yard, will be ready for service before the sister ship slides down the ways. These steamers are duplicates, 450 by 50 by 28 ½ ft., and are fitted with quadruple-expansion engines and water-tube boilers of Babcock & Wilcox manufacture.
      Marine Review
      October 3, 1901
Steam screw FREDERICK B. WELLS. U. S. No. 121208. Of 4,897 tons gross; 3,630 tons net. Built South Chicago, Ill., 1901. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 430.0 x 50.2 x 24.5 Crew of 23. Of 1,700 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant vessel List, U. S., 1903

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Frederick B. Wells (Propeller), U121208, 4 Oct 1901