The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Fri. May 8, 1914
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Steamer William H. Donner is Launched at Great Lakes Engineering Works.
Freighter of 9,000 Tons is Built to Replace Price, Overturned in Lake Huron.

Special to the Free Press

Ashtabula, O., May 7. - Steamer William H. Donner was launched this afternoon from the local plant of the Great Lakes Engineering works. Miss Margery Russel, of Detroit, daughter of John R. Russel, vice-president and treasurer of the Great Lakes Engineering works, christened the new ship as it started from the ways and the launching was without mishap.

The freighter was ordered by the Mahoning Steamship company, Cleveland, to take the place of the Charles S. Price, which was overturned and lost on Lake Huron in the great storm of November 9-11, last year. She will be managed by the Mahoning Company.

The Donner is 524 feet overall, 54 feet beam and 31 feet deep, and has 16 hatches, 12 feet across, with 24 foot centers. She has triple expansion engines with cylinders 23.5, 38 and 63 inches in diameter with 42-inch piston stroke. Her two Scotch tubular boilers are 14.5 feet in diameter and 11.5 feet long, with 180 pounds pressure allowed. The ship is rated at 9,000 tons.

The launching party which arrived on the noon train from the west comprised John R. Russel, Miss Margery Russel and C. B. King, Detroit; John T. Webster, of the Great Lakes Engineering works; J. S. Ashley, W. P. Schaufele, of M. A. Hanna & Co., J. D. W. Snowden, of the Cambria Steel company; H. N. Harriman, Mrs. T. P. Howell and sons, John and Allen, of Cleveland.

The new ship is named for William H. Donner, president of the Cambria Steel company, and is the second largest freighter that has been constructed at the Ashtabula plant. Owing to the illness of the master who is said to have been assigned to her command, it is uncertain who will bring her out, but John Summervillen will be chief engineer.

The launching event was not accompanied by the usual luncheon and the party returned to Cleveland on the afternoon train.

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The DONNER still exists as a crane barge and I believe is still based in the Menominee R. There are several photos of her on Boatnerd
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Fri. May 8, 1914
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Fri. May 8, 1914