THE " ANDASTE " LAUNCHED.
The first of the Monitor steamers, of which three are building for the Lake Superior Iron Company, was launched yesterday afternoon at Cleveland from the yard of the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company.
The steamer ANDASTE is 280 feet in length over all, with a 260 foot keel, 33 feet beam, and 23 feet depth of hold. She has considerable "tumble home," but the top of the deck is almost flat. There are seven hatches, with no deck house intervening. The stem rises straight up to a height of ten feet above the deck and at the extreme forward end is a narrow deck house, the front end of which comes sharply to a point at the stem. This deck house is not more than 15 or 20 feet in length, and is narrow. The boat has no bulwarks, but a set of movable posts with three or four strands of wire strung through them, being in this respect, precisely similar to the whalebacks. There is a roomy deck house aft of the hatches, partitioned into apartments like the whalebacks, with the pilot house in relatively the same position as on the whalebacks. The ANDASTE's pilot house is not built on turrets. In beauty the monitors do not far outstrip the whalebacks, but they are much cheaper than the ordinary type of lake steamer, and without a particle less strength, the ANDASTE has one hundred tons less weight, and will show a much smaller surface to the wind. The hold is in one compartment, there being nothing between the collision bulkhead and that built forward of the engine. Web frames four feet wide are placed 16 feet apart, and serve to give the hull as much stiffening as would the bulkheads. The motive power of the ANDASTE will consist of a triple expansion engine with cylinders respectively 17, 29 and 47 inches in diameter, with 36 inch stroke of piston. Steam will be furnished by two Scotch type boilers each eleven feet in diameter and eleven feet long. The boat will be fitted with the usual auxillary power, steam capstans, windlass and steering gear, etc. She will be ready for sea in six weeks, and about the same time her sister boat, the CHOCTAW, building for the same company, will be ready for launching.
April 1, 1892
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The ANDASTE, the first steamer of the "Straightback" type passed up last evening on her maiden voyage. In appearance she represents a decided departure from the usual style of steamers; she has no sheer whatever; her deck from the boiler house forward is clear of all obstructions except a small forecastle deck; she has no bulwarks and no spars, except a small pole forward on which to carry her white light. Great structural strength and large carrying capacity are the chief points of excellence claimed for boats of this class. No attempt at fast time was made coming over - her time from Cleveland being about nine hours. She is bound to Escanaba for ore, and will continue in that trade during the season. The boat's performance will be watched with a great deal of interest by vessel owners. The Andaste is commanded by Capt. George Miner, of Detroit.
Detroit Free Press
May 16, 1892
Steam screw ANDASTE. U. S. No. 106926. Of 1,573 tons gross; 1,256 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1892. Home port, Marquette, Mich. 266.9 x 38.1 x 17.9 Crew of 20. Of 856 indicated horsepower. Freight service.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903