The launching of the steel propeller P.P. MILLER, built for the Miller Steamship Company of Buffalo, has been announced to take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Buffalo Drydock Company's yards at Ganson Street. The MILLER is 375 feet long, 48 feet beam and 28 feet deep and will be fitted with triple expansion engines. She will have two Scotch boilers, 14 feet in diameter by 12 feet long, and will be allowed 170 pounds of steam. Her boilers and machinery will be installed at one of the upper lake ports. Work on the MILLER was considerably delayed by the strike at the shipyard.
Buffalo Evening News
September 11, 1903
LAUNCHED FROM BUFFALO DRY DOCK.
Propeller P.P. MILLER Successfully Took Her Inital Dip
BIG CROWDS ATTENDED.
She Is a Modern Steel Lake Vessel And The Beginning Of a New Lake Line.
What local vesselmen declared to have been one ot the prettiest and most successful launches ever made on the Grea.t Lakes took place yesterday afternoon when the bIg new steel prppeller P. P. MILLER was released from her ways at the yards of the Buffalo Dry Dock Company on Ganson street. The MILLER was buIlt by the Buffalo Dry Dock Company tor the the new Miller Steamship Company of this city and is the maiden boat built for the line. The building- ot the vesseL was started early in the season but was somewhat delayed by a strike of the employees of the dock company.
The vessel Is of modern type and will be fitted up with the best of machInery. Her length over all Is 375 teet; length beween perpendiculars. 354 feet; molded beam, 48 feet; molded depth 28 feet. It Is expected she will go to Cleveland tomorrow, where she will have Installed triple expansion engines. She wlll be gIven two Scotch boilers, 14 feet In diameter by 12 teet long and will be allowed 170 pounds of steam. She will be commanded by Capt. William Clark and Is expected to go Into commisslon on October 1. She is valued at $250,000.
A crowd ot about 1500 persons witnessed the launching, a large number being Invited guests. As the boat
slipped sideways Into the water, a bottle of champagne was broken on her bow by Miss Amelia Roth, grand-daughter of P. P. Miller, atter Whom the Boat was named. Tbe oftlcers of the company for whom the boat was built are: President, John J. McWilliams; Vice-President, P.P. Miller; Secretary, Oliver Donaldson; Treasurer and manager, Joseph Ball
Buffalo Evening News
September 13, 1903
Steam screw P.P. MILLER. U. S. No. 200346. Of 3,845 tons gross; 2,858 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1903. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 354.0 x 48.0 x 28.0 Freight service. Crew of 18. 1,300 indicated horse power. Steel built.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1906. [steam vessels]
P.P. MILLER.* Built Sept. 9, 1903 Bulk Propeller -Steel
U. S. No. 200346 3845 gt -2858 nt 354' x 48' x 28'
* Renamed (b) COLLIER -US -1920
(c) JOHN McCARTNEY KENNEDY -US -1922 Converted to se1f-un1oader in 1926.
(d) R.E. MOODY -US -1937
Scrapped at Duluth, Minn., in 1958.
Union Dry-dock Buffalo, Shipbuilding Master List
Institute for Great Lakes Research