C. R. Jones & Co.
C.R. Jones & Co., of which firm C.R. Jones is a member, commenced business in Cleveland, in 1891, he having for four years previously been connected with J.M. Jones & Co., large vessel owners of Detroit, Mich. In Cleveland this firm began by conducting a vessel agency and insurance business, and since then have owned an interest in and been managers of a large number of vessels of different kinds. They have catered almost exclusively to the lumber, coal and ore shipping trade, and have carried on general insurance and vessel business.
During 1898 C.R. Jones & Co. were interested in the following steamers: Argo, Aragon, W.L. Wetmore, A.G. Lindsay, Argonaut, Preston, Rhoda, Emily, Desmond and M.C. Neff. They were also interested in the following barges and schooners: Charles Wall, John O'Neil, Brunette, Hattie, Delos De Wolf, Canton, J.T. Mott and John Magee. It is proper to note that at the present writing (1898) Mr. Jones is the youngest man in the vessel property in Cleveland, as well as being very largely interested in vessel property elsewhere. The Argo and Aragon were built by the Argo Steamship Company, of which Mr. Jones is the secretary and manager. Both boats are new, having been built in 1895. The Argo cost $65,000 and the Aragon, which has a tonnage of 1,072, and which cost $125,000, carries the largest load through the Welland canal of any vessel afloat, having been built especially for that trade. Her load through this canal is 80,000 bushels of corn, or its equivalent.
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