Within the next two weeks two monster steel ships, the largest ever built at the yards of the Detroit Shipbuilding Co., will drop into the water at Wyandotte and the finishers will quickly add the necessary trappings and upper works to put them into service before the rush of the season has fairly begun. No. 134, the keel for which was laid Dec. 20 last, is practically ready for the water now. She is 476 feet in length over all and will be christened the HARVARD.
Within two months from dropping into the water she will be delivered to her owners, The Pittsburg Company, commonly mentioned as the Carnegie Co. The first of the Eddy boats now building will slide into the water three weeks from the launching of the HARVARD. She is 442 feet in length over all and is at present known as 135. She will be christened the SIMON J. MURPHY.
May 9, 1900
On May 19 the new steamer building at Wyandotte for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. will be launched. Her name is HARVARD and she will be 476 feet over all.
Port Huron Daily Times
Wednesday, May 16, 1900
According to present plans, the Carnegie steamer HARVARD, building at the Wyandotte ship yard of the Detroit Dry Dock Co., will be launched Saturday of this week. The steamer SIMON J. MURPHY, 442 feet long, building at the same yard for Eddy Bros. or Bay City, will be launched in about three weeks. The second Eddy boat will be launched about a month later.
May 17, 1900
Detroit, May 19. - The Pittsburg Steamship Co.'s steamer, the HARVARD, the largest vessel ever built on the Detroit River, was launched this afternoon from the Wyandotte yards of the Detroit Shipbuilding Co. The HARVARD is one of six ships of similar build and capacity which are in progress of completion as additions to the Carnegie fleet at various yards of American shipbuilding companies. The HARVARD is 478 feet long, 28 feet moulded depth and 50 feet beam.
May 20, 1900
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The steel steamer HARVARD, the first of the fleet of the Pittsburg Steamship Co. (Carnegie line) to be built, was launched at the Wyandotte yard of the Detroit Dry Dock Co.. last Saturday. The christening was done by Miss Lillian Taylor, daughter of C. L. Taylor. Mr. Edwin S. Mills, Cleveland representative of the Carnegie company attended the launch. The HARVARD is the longest ship ever built at the Wyandotte yard. She is 478 feet over all, 50 feet beam and 28 feet deep. She will carry 8,000 tons on 18 feet draught.
May 24, 1900
The HARVARD was launched at Detroit several days ago; the PRINCETON is well along towards the launching stage at the Lorain yard; the CORNELL is under construction at Chicago, and the RENSSELAER which will probably be the last of the fleet to go into commission, is building at the Globe yard of the American company in Cleveland. All five of these steamers are duplicates. Dimensions and other leading particulars are: Length over all, 474 feet; beam, molded, 50 feet; depth, molded, 28 ½ feet; estimated capacity on 18 feet draught, 7,300 gross tons; engines, quadruple expansion, with cylinders of 18, 26 3/4, 41 and 63 inches diameter, and a common stroke of 42 inches; boilers of Babcock & Wilcox water tube type; estimated horse power of engines, 1,950.
May 31, 1900
Steam screw HARVARD. U. S. No. 96507. Of 5,054 tons gross; 4,061 tons net. Built Wyandotte, Mich., 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 461.0 x 50.2 x 29.5
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1900