The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
William A. McGonagle (Propeller), U214234, 20 May 1916

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      Detroit, May 21. - With an attendance of spectators, numbering between 7,000 and 8,000, which is said to have been the largest gathering that ever attended a launching in the Ecorse ship yard, the steel hull of the bulk freighter WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE, was dropped off the ways at noon yesterday, in the yards of the Great Lakes Engineering Works.
      The launching was in every way successful. Mrs. William A. McGonagle, wife of William A. McGonagle of Duluth, president of the Duluth, Messabe & Northern railway, in whose honor the steamer is named, was sponsor and broke a bottle of wine on the ship's bow as the hull started down the ways.
      The steamer is being constructed for the Pittsburgh Steamship Company of Cleveland, and is expected to be one of the largest cargo carriers on the lakes. The hull is of Isherwood construction, having length of about 617 feet over all, 585 feet keel length, 60 feet beam and a depth of 36 feet. The ship will have capacity for 12,000 tons of iron ore. She will be ready for service in about six weeks.
      The McGONAGLE is to be equipped with triple expansion engine and three Scotch boilers. [ part ] (that relating to vessel only)
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      May 22, 1916
      On Wednesday afternoon the new steamer W. M. McGONAGLE, the second of the new 12,000 toners to be placed in commission by the Pittsburgh Steamship Company, left Ecorse shipyard for Lake Superior to load ore. A third steamer of the same class as the McGONAGLE will be out late in the season.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      July 28, 1916
Steam screw WILLIAM A. McGONAGLE. U. S. No. 214234. Of 7,811 tons gross; 6,006 tons net. Built Ecorse, Mich., 1916. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 580.0 x 60.0 x 27.9 Steel built. Crew of 29. Freight service. Of 2,200 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1918

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William A. McGonagle (Propeller), U214234, 20 May 1916