The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William P. Palmer (Propeller), U81705, 10 May 1900

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Cleveland, May 5. -- The steamer W. P. PALMER, which is building for the American Steel & Wire Company, at the old Globe Yard of the American Shipbuilding Co. was launched today. She is of the Welland Canal size and will be ready for commission in six weeks. She is named for the general manager of the American Steel & Wire Company, and was christened by his wife.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      May 6, 1900

      At the Globe yard of the American Ship Building Co., Cleveland another vessel building for the American Steel & Wire interests represented by Mr. A.B. Wolvin was launched on Saturday last and named WM. P. PALMER. This is in honor of the general manager of the American Steel & Wire Co. A duplicate vessel building at the same yard will be named A.B. WOLVIN. These two steamers are of Canadian canal dimension - about 3,000 tons capacity on 18 feet draught - and might readily be adapted to service down the St. Lawrence, but for the present season at least will remain on the lakes. The WM. CASTLE RHODES, another steamer of Canadian canal dimensions building at this same yard for Robert R. Rhodes and others of Cleveland. is ready for service, and it is expected that the Rockefeller steamer BUNSON. building at the American company's Chicago yard, will be launched on the 19th inst. Thus the list of some twenty-three steel vessels which the consolidated companies had wider contract last fall is gradually being brought down to the six Carnegie freighters and two steamers for Eddy Bros. building at Detroit, which it was expected would be late in coming out.
      Marine Review
      May 10, 1900

Steam screw WILLIAM P. PALMER.* U. S. No. 81705. Of 2,293 tons gross. Built Cleveland, O.,1900. 242.0 x 42.0 26.6
      * Renamed MAX M. BROAD - U. S. - 1930
      SIDNEY E. SMITH - U. S. - 1935 [abandoned 1937]
      Herman Runge List

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William P. Palmer (Propeller), U81705, 10 May 1900