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Hudson (Propeller), 16 Nov 1887

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      Wyandotte, November,16.
Today the Detroit Drydock Company launched at Wyandotte a large steel steamship for the Western Transit Company. This steamer is designed for general merchandise freighting between Chicago and Buffalo, and is pronounced by expert judges the best modeled and finest equipped boat that was ever built in a lake shipyard. According to the contract she is to carry 2,650 tons of cargo on a draft of 15 and a half feet, average thirteen miles an hour, when loaded, and cost $275,000 each. Mr.Frank A.Kirby designed every part of the hull, the machinery, and the outfit. She is 304 feet long, 286 feet keel, 41 feet beam, 26 feet molded depth, and 8 and a half feet between decks. The general appearance of the hull is practically the same as the SYRACUSE and ALBANY. But in construction and the arrangement of her machinery she differs materially. The SYRACUSE and ALBANY are steel only to the main deck, the upper part being wood, while the new boat is plated with mild steel to the spar deck. The main deck is entirely of iron, while the upper deck is sheathed with wood. She has a double bottom, with a space of three feet between the two bottoms for 650 tons of water ballast. The hold is spaced off with watertight bulkheads into eight compartments. In the construction and position of the boilers and engine another important step in advance has been taken. The machinery has been placed further forward than usual, making room for a cargo hold aft, and thus securing a better trimmed boat when running light.
      Her two boilers, which are constructed of the best quality of steel, have furnaces at both ends and are fired by two sets of men. In this they differ from any in use now on the lakes, 
although several others of similar construction are now being made. They are eleven and one-half feet in diameter and eighteen feet long, with a working pressure of 160 pounds to the square inch. The new ice-breaking steamer for the Straits of Mackinaw will be furnished with similar boilers. Her motive power consists of a triple expansion engine, the cylinders of which are 23, 36, and 62 inches in diameter by 48 inch stroke. She has a providence steam windlass from the American Steam Windlass Co. and steam steering engines from Williamson Bros.,of Philadelphia. It is expected that she will make one mile per hour better time than the SYRACUSE or ALBANY at a saving in fuel amounting to 20 per cent, while others are confident that she will be even faster than her builders promise. Captain James Millen, of Detroit, who has watched the construction of the new steamer, predicts that she will develop a speed of fifteen miles an hour when crowded. Another particular in which she differs from the SYRACUSE and ALBANY is that by the new arrangement of her boilers her two funnels are placed fore and aft instead of athwartships, as has always been the custon on the lakes. This brings her one step nearer the ocean steamship and adds greatly to the general beauty of the steamer. In spars and rigging no change of importance has been made, and the beautiful lines and handsome model of the others have been retained in the new boat. The wheel is 13 and one-half feet in diameter and 17 feet pitch. Within a few days after the boat is launched she will be ready for sea and will make a trip to Buffalo, where she will go into winter quarters.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Nov. 17, 1887 p. 4

The steamer HUDSON was launched Wednesday afternoon ay Wyandotte by the Detroit Dry Dock Co.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, November 17, 1887

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Hudson (Propeller), 16 Nov 1887