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Robert W. E. Bunsen (Propeller), U111294, 10 May 1900

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The steamer ORLANDO M. POE, of the Bessemer fleet, was ready for service yesterday, when she left Cleveland, where she was launched. She is 490 feet overall, 50 feet beam, 29 feet deep. Tow other steamers are nearing completion for the Bessemer fleet, and both will be out before the end of June. The one to be launched at South Chicago will be the ROBERT W.E. BUNSEN and the one at West Superior the CHARLES R. VAN HISE.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      May 8, 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
NOTE: wrong or incomplete name ?

The Bessemer Steel Company's new 600 foot freight steamer ROBERT W.E. BUNSEN will be launched at South Chicago tomorrow.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, May 16, 1900

The new Bessemer steamer ROBERT W.E. BUNSEN was launched from the yards of the Chicago Shipbuilding Co. on Tuesday of this week. Miss Catherine Wheeler, niece of President W. L. Brown of the American Ship Building Co., christened the boat. The Bunsen is a typical ore carrier. Dimensions of the vessel are: 461 feet in length, 50 feet beam; 29 feet depth of hold; registered tonnage 5,029. She will carry 7,500 net tons of ore on 18 feet draught. A duplicate steamer, also for the Bessemer Steamship Co. (Rockefeller), building at the West Superior yard of the American Ship Building Co., will be launched in about ten days.
      Marine Review
      May 17, 1900

Steam screw ROBERT W.E. BUNSEN. U. S. No. 111294. Of 5,181 tns gross; 4,012 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 439.0 x 50.2 x 25.3
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901

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Robert W. E. Bunsen (Propeller), U111294, 10 May 1900