The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Fred Mercur (Propeller), U120513, 1 Sep 1882

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The Lehigh Valley Transportation Company's new steamship FRED MERCUR was launched at 3:45 this afternoon from the yard of the Union Dry Dock Company.
Captain T.S. Pope, of the COLORADO, belonging also to the Commercial Line, has accepted the command of the Lehigh Valley steamer, FRED MERCUR.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1882

Buffalo, Oct. 3. -- The schooner G.S. HAZARD will go into the Union dry-dock for repairs as soon as the new propeller FRED MERCUR, now receiving her wheels, get out. The engineers of the GOULD were adjudged to blame in the collision with the HAZARD, and have been dismissed.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, Oct. 1882

Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 21. -- The new steamship FRED MERCUR, built by the Union Dry-dock Company for the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company, made a very successful trial trip yesterday afternoon. Her length over all is 242 feet, beam 35 feet 5 inches, hold 13 feet 8 inches, capacity 1,600 tons. She has a fore and aft compound engine. The cylinders are 26 and 48 inches in diameter, and the stroke is forty two inches. She also has pony and donkey engines of approved styles. On trial yesterday the machinery worked quite smoothly and effectively, and though light there was little motion to the vessel. With seventy-five pounds of steam and cut off nine inches, seventy turns per minute were readily made. She is of handsome model, well cut away at the ends and light, and draws less water than the H.E. PACKER. She is double decked and has three spars with canvas on each. Her complete cost is about $103,000. It is expected she will commence loading coal today for Chicago. Her master is F.L. Pope, late of the propeller COLORADO.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, No. 2, Oct. 1882

Steam screw FRED MERCUR. U. S. No. 120513. Of 1224.37 tons gross; 966.24 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1882. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 232.0 x 35.0 x 18.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Fred Mercur (Propeller), U120513, 1 Sep 1882