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Chief Justice Waite (Steamboat), U125281, 12 Aug 1900

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The County Commissioner Endes (?) who last year brought the IVANHOE here to run excursions, has interested Charles Schultz and they have purchased the sidewheeler CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE at Toledo. She has the machinery formerly in the old REINDEER. The price is said to have been $6,300.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      May 4, 1889

      The CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE was boarded by the police last night and seized as a gambling house. Her owner, captain and 160 passengers were jailed as inmates. The seizure occurred just before midnight when the steamer returned from her evening lake trip.
      Chicago Inter Ocean
      August 13, 1899

The old excursion steamer CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE has not yet closed her days of usefulness. She is now being dismantled at Chicago and her hull is to be turned into a floating dock on which vessels of light draught can be repaired. All of the machinery of the old craft that was not taken out last fall, was taken out last week and the steamer turned over to Jacob Hansen, who will complete the transformation. The lower portion of the old hull is in a very fair state of preservation. It is recalled that the floating dock now in use by the Chicago branch of the Great Lakes Towing Co., for repair work on its tugs was formerly the hull of the old BENJAMIN WADE.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      June 17, 1900
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      Chicago, August 10. -- All that remains of the excursion steamer CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE will go to fill up the basin adjoining lake front park. The vessel is partly submerged, where it has been since last September, when it went down during an especially stormy night. Only the lower deck and hull are left, and Justice Bradwell, the WAITE's last owner, before a wrecking company bought it, says "he would not give $5 for the boat now." For twenty-seven years she was one of the best steamers on the lakes. Chief justice Waite of the United States Supreme Court, whose home was in Toledo, presented the boat with a flag, and many of Toledo's best people attended the christening. After an honorable career of a score of years, the WAITE fell into the bad company after coming to this port. She was purchased by men who conducted gambling on board and catered to the sporting element. The boat became a floating Monte Carlo, and scenes were enacted paralleling the doings aboard Mississippi steamers in the palmy days of gambling on that great waterway. Fancy liquors were served to passengers free if they played, or at fancy prices if they did not play. The gambling fixtures and furnishings were of the best. Finally the shore authorities arrested the proprietors and confiscated the gambling paraphernalia.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 11,1900

      Steam paddle CHIEF JUSTICE WAITE. U. S. No. 125281. Of 571.10 tons gross; 443.52 tons net. Built Trenton, Mich., 1874. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 188.8 x 46.0 x 11.4 Of 500 nominal horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1896

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Chief Justice Waite (Steamboat), U125281, 12 Aug 1900