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
TWO MORE CARNEGIE STEAMERS - OTHER LAUNCHES.
Two more vessels of the Pittsburg Steamship Co.'s (Carnegie) new fleet will be in the water with the close of the present week. The steamer RENSSELAER will be launched today (Thursday) at the Globe yard of the American Ship Building Co., Cleveland, and on Saturday the steamer Princeton will leave the ways at the Lorain yard of the same company. The RENSSELAER will be christened by Miss Dorothy House and the PRINCETON by Miss Katherine Reed. These vessels are in all respects similar to three other ore carrying steamers coming out this year. Dimensions and other leading particulars are: Length over all, 474 feet; beam, molded, 50 feet, depth, molded, 28 ½ feet; capacity about 7,200 gross tons on 18 feet draught; quadruple expansion engines with cylinders of 18, 26 3/4 41 and 63 inches diameter and a common stroke of 42 inches, Babcock & Wilcox water tube boilers; horse power about 1950
July 26, 1900
Cleveland, July 26. - The big steamer building at the Globe yards for the Pittsburg Steamship Company was successfully launched this afternoon. The christening ceremony was by Miss Dorothy House, daughter of F.E. House, general superintendent of the Pittsburg, Bessemer & Lake Erie railway. When all was ready she stepped forward and liberated several snow white doves from a cage. As they rose into the air she turned towards the big boat and, lifting her arms gracefully said : I christen thee the RENSSALAER." Then the ropes were cut and the big vessel slid into the water.
The steamer is one of the largest on the lakes. She is 474 feet long, 50 feet beam, 28 feet 6 inches deep, and cost in the neighborhood of $350,000.
July 27, 1900
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