The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James J. Hill (Propeller), U77409, 23 Feb 1900

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The 500 foot steel steamer J.J. HILL being built at Lorain for the American Steamship Company was successfully launched at the yards of the American Shipbuilding Company Saturday afternoon.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, February 28, 1900

The new 500 foot steamer JAMES J. HILL of the American Steel and Wire fleet yesterday loaded 6,881 gross tons of iron ore at Duluth on a draft of 17 feet 3 inches aft. She will be able to carry 8,000 tons on a draft of 17 feet 10 inches forward and 18 feet 6 inches aft, but this depth is prohibited now on account of prevailing stages of water.
      Milwaukee Wisconsin
      May 22, 1900
      Steam screw JAMES J. HILL. U. S. No. 77409. Of 6,025 gross tons; 4,578 tons net. Built Lorain, Ohio 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 478.0 x 52.0 x 30.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1901

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James J. Hill (Propeller), U77409, 23 Feb 1900