West Bay City, May 5. - The steamer ISAAC L. ELWOOD, built for the American Steel & Wire Company, was launched from the yards of the West Bay City Shipbuilding Company today. The ELWOOD is one of the largest steel boats ever launched on the lakes, being 500 feet over all, 52 feet beam and 30 feet moulded depth. She has quadruple engines and is equipped with all modern appliances. As she stood in the ways her weight was 4,000 tons.
May 6, 1900
The steamship ISAAC L. ELWOOD, built for the American Steel & Wire Company, at the West Bay City shipyards, was launched at noon today in the presence of a large crowd of spectators. Supt. Jeffrey had charge of the launch, and there was never a prettier one at any shipyard on the lakes. When the last keel blocks had been cut out the word was given to cut the ropes, and in an instant sharp axes had severed the cords which bound the vessel to the dock. She stood still for half a minute and then with a slight crash started down the slippery ways, and in another moment was in the water and a Huge swell was coursing across the river to wet the people on the docks opposite.
As the vessel made its first move Miss Lilly, daughter of Superintendent Jeffreys, broke a bottle of champagne on the brow and christened the vessel ISAAC L. ELWOOD, after one of the principal stockholders of the corporation for which it was built. The ELWOOD is the largest of the ever increasing steel fleet on the lakes, being 500 feet long, 52 feet beam, and 30 feet moulded depth. She is equipped throughout with modern appliance for speed, quick handling of cargo and comfort for officers and men.
The finishing touches to the vessel will be completed in about ten days, when she will enter the ore trade, and West Bay City will have seen the last of another of her productions in the line of marine architecture.
May 6, 1900
Bay City, May 5. - The steamer ISAAC L. ELWOOD, one of the 500-footers building for the American Steel & Wire Company, was launched at the local yards at noon today. She will be ready for commission in about ten days. The sister ship to the ELWOOD will be launched in about a month . This will clean up the local yard of the American Shipbuilding Company for the present.
May 6, 1900 . . . . .
Steam screw ISAAC L. ELLWOOD. U. S. No. 100707. Of 5,904 tons gross; 4,526 tons net. Built West Bay City, Mich, 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 478.0 x 52.0 x 30.0 Freight service. Steel built. Crew of 24. Of 1,800 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903