The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Protector (Propeller), U203110, 23 Dec 1905

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      Chicago's New Boat Christened by Miss Grace Murphy at Empire Dock.
      Promptly on schedule time, 3'clock this afternoon, the fire tug PROTECTOR, was launched at the yard of the Empire
Shipbuilding Company. A large number of invited guests were present, including Chief Charles Waters ot the Chicago Fire Department, together with members of the Buttalo Fire Department. Chief Edward Murphy's daughter, Grace, christened the boat, and the launching was a success In every way.
Tuesday morning the machinery of the old fire tug YOSEMITE, which had been dismantled, will be Installed in the
PROTECTOR, and during the winter the new boat will be completely fitted out at the Empire yard. She will be in shape to go to Chicago next spring under her own steam and will doubtless be the first boat to leave this port then.
She Is much like the GRATTAN in appearance and Is equipped almost exactly like that fire tug. She is 106 feet long, 12 feet deep and 23 feet beam. Her engines are ot 300 horse-power and she will be able tn throw powerful streams. The old YOSEMITE goes to the Empire people, who probably will rebuild her Into a lighter, or a powerful harbor tug.
      Buffalo Evening News
      December 23,1905
Steam screw PROTECTOR. U. S. No. 203110. Of 144 tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1906, by the Empire Shipbuilding Company. 95.6 x 24.5 x 9.0. Renamed MICHAEL W. CONWAY in 1907. Abandoned in 1924
      Herman Runge Notes

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Protector (Propeller), U203110, 23 Dec 1905