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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Reiss Steamship Company & Norht American Steamship Co



THE Reiss Steamship Company, which was incorporated in 1916 by Peter Reiss, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the C. Reiss Coal Company, is one of the most active and important factors in lake transportation, having connections and business in practically all of the lake ports.

The officers of the company (who reside at Sheboygan, Wisconsin), are Peter Reiss, president; W. A. Reiss, vice-president; and Clemens A. Reiss, secretary, treasurer and manager. The company is controlled by the Reiss family of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, who also own the C. Reiss Coal Company, and they operate a fleet of four steamers, named respectively "William A. Reiss," "Richard J. Reiss," "Clemens A. Reiss" and "Otto M. Reiss." These are steamers that are each of 7,500 net tons' carrying capacity, fitted up in the best and most improved manner for the handling of bulk freights. The own- erns operate these ships for carrying their own coal to their various docks in the lake cities and towns of the Northwest, bringing back iron ore and grain. The

Messers. Reiss, who control this line, through long experience and special training have become leaders in the coal business of the Northwest.

The dispatching of the ships of the Reiss Steamship Company is in charge of Fred I. Kennedy, of Cleveland, Ohio, who is also in charge of the interests of the C. Reiss Coal Company, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and secretary, treasurer and general manager of the North American Steamship Company of Cleveland.

ONE of the prominent enterprises actively and extensively engaged in lake transportation is that of the North American Steamship Company, of Cleveland, Ohio. It was established and incorporated in 1910 by the late R. A. Williams and Fred I. Kennedy, and after the death of Mr. Williams Mr. Kennedy succeeded him as general manager. The officers now are J. H. Frantz, president; S. K. Hine, vice- president; and Fred I. Kennedy, secretary, treasurer and general manager.

This company is owned and controlled by interests engaged in the coal and furnace business, who thus practically control their own tonnage and therefore insure for

the vessels owned by the company continuous operation both in good and bad times.

The company operates three modern steel ships, namely, "John P. Reiss," "Peter Reiss," and "A. M. Byers," each of these steamers having a carrying capacity of 10,500 net tons, and ranking in equipment and quality with the best freight steamers of their tonnage on the Great Lakes.

The active management of the business is entirely in the hands of Mr. Fred I. Kennedy, who has been connected with the company from its inception and who has had long experience in connection with lake transportation interests in coal, ore, and grain carrying vessels. Mr. Kennedy is also the Cleveland agent for the C. Reiss Coal Company, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Reiss Steamship Company, and manages the transportation affairs of this company as well as of the North American Steamship Company.

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