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Yakima (Propeller), U27630, 24 Sep 1887

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At Quayle's Sons' yard (Cleveland), on Saturday, another steamboat was launched for Captain Thomas Wilson's Transit Line.
      Notwithstanding the dark day and the eagerness of people for business on saturday, quite a large audience was in attendance. Without a jar, or trouble of any kind, the majestic steamboat YAKIMA took her first plunge into the waters of the Cuyahoga. Among the interested spectators were captain Thomas Wilson,Dr.Twitchell, J.E.Upson, and others. What definition can be applied to the name of this new steamboat, YAKIMA, we are, as
yet, unable to say, but we must admire Captain Wilson's principle of giving musical, American (Indian) names to most of his boats. If this new steamer had been named YAKIMO, we could have said that the captain had gone into Japan for an odd name, but being YAKIMA, we are truely at a loss to tell where it originated.
      It is safe to say that the YAKIMA is one of the best modeled vessels ever turned out at Quayle"s Sons' yards, and reflects great credit on the builders and owners. The new steamer is 275 feet keel, 292 feet overall, 40 feet beam, 22 feet depth of hold. Her main keelsons are 16 x 16, sister keelsons 15 x 16, and four floor keelsons 10 x 14 inches all oak. She has steel arches, diagonal strapped and steel cord.
The machinery of the YAKIMA is fore and aft compound, 30 and 56 by 48 inch stroke, and was built by the Globe Iron Works Co. as was also the iron boiler house.
      The YAKIMA is finished in a very elegant style. Her houses in beautiful hard woods and cabins in mahogany. She will carry four spars but no sails, the spars being used for hoisting purposes.
      She is well fitted with steam gear, having six auxiliary engines, for Williamson & Bros. steam steering gear, Providence steam windlass from the American Ship Windlass Co., and steam hoisting engines for each spar, besides an engine for the manufacture of electricity, which will provide her with sufficient light on decks and on iron ore docks to enable work to be done with as much rapidity and facility at night as in the daytime, besides obviating dangers from fire.
      The cost of the YAKIMA was about $125,000, and she will at once Her fit out was furnished by Upson, Walton & Co.
      She will be commanded by Captain James B.Lowe, with Mr.Thomas Kelly as chief engineer; Angus Cameron, second; and W.W. Dawley; first mate.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 29, 1887 p.4

      Steam screw YAKIMA. U. S. No. 27630. Of 1986 gross tons; 1657 tons net. Built at Cleveland, O., in 1887.
      279.0 x 40.5 x 20.0 Crew of 17. Of 1,850 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Yakima (Propeller), U27630, 24 Sep 1887