The big steel steamer building at the Wyandotte Yards of the Detroit Shipbuilding Company for the Eddy-Shaw fleet will be launched next Saturday afternoon ar 2:30 o'clock. The interesting ceremony will be witnessed by a number of Bay Cityans, besides a large delegation of Detroiters, to whom the launching of a mammoth lake carrier is always a novelty.
The new boat has been known as "No. 136," but she will be christened and known and designated as the HOWARD L. SHAW. She is almost an exact duplicate of the steamer SIMON J. MURPHY, completed and launched June 23 last at the same yards for the same owners.
The SHAW will be one of the fastest boats on the lakes, and will have great carrying capacity. The MURPHY has proven a record-breaker in cargo carrying and the SHAW is expected to go even a little better. The SHAW in 451 feet long, 51 feet beam and has a molded depth of hull of 28 feet. The engines are of the triple expansion vertical inverted type, the cylinders being 22 inches, 35 inches and 58 inches, with a 42 inch stroke. It is calculated that 1,500 horsepower will be developed at 165 pounds steam pressure and 85 revolutions of the wheel a minute.
The boilers are 13 feet 2 inches in diameter by 12 feet long, of the Scotch type, each having two furnaces and using the Howden fraught. The propeller wheel is 13 feet 10 inches in diameter, with a 14 foot 6 inch pitch.
It is expected the SHAW will be ready for commission within two weeks after the launching.
September 12, 1900
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The steel steamer building at the Wyandotte yards of the Detroit Ship Building Co. for the Eddy-Shaw fleet will be launched Saturday afternoon. The new boat has been known as "No. 136," but she will be christened HOWARD L. SHAW. She is almost an exact duplicate of the steamer SIMON J. MURPHY, completed and launched June 23 last at the same yards for the same owners. The new ship is 451 ft. long and 51. ft. beam, with molded depth of 28 ft. Engines are triple expansion with cylinders of 22, 35 and 58 in, diameter and 42 in. stroke. It is calculated that 1,500 H.P. will be developed at 165 pounds steam pressure and 85 revolutions of the wheel a minute. The boilers are 13 ft. 2 in. in diameter by 12 ft. long, of the Scotch type, each having two furnaces and using Howden hot draft. The propeller is 13 ft. 10 in in diameter with 14 ft. 6 in. pitch. It is expected the Shaw will be ready for commission within two weeks after the launching.
September 13, 1900
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Detroit, Sept. 15 -- It was not many minutes after 2:30 o'clock this afternoon when the pins were knocked from under the big freighter HOWARD L. SHAW, at the Wyandotte shipyards, and with a mighty rush the big steel had slid from the ways into the slip, sending a giant wave of water high in the air. Then the steam craft in the river let loose their sirens and the crowd cheered and it was all over.
There was a large crowd in attendance at the launching, as the steamer PLEASURE took down fully 1,000 people. The weather was ideal for such an event. The launching attracted the attention of a number of vessel owners from other lake ports. Several came from Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland, attracted by the record which the SIMON J. MURPHY, the sister ship of the HOWARD L. SHAW, had made on her first trips along the lakes.
The Eddy-Shaw Co., of Bay City, for whom the boat was built, and the Detroit Shipbuilding Co., had issued about 300 tickets to their friends, but no formal invitations were sent out. Howard L. Shaw, in whose honor the new boat was named, was present. He is manager of the Eddy-Shaw Co.. Simon J. Murphy, of Bay City; C. A. Eddy; Selwyn Eddy; J. W. Eddy, all of Bay City, were present, as were also John C. Shaw and family, of Detroit. Many ladies attended and their bright dresses and the gay colors with which the PLEASURE was trimmed gave the event quite a holiday aspect.
September 16, 1900
RAPID WORK ON A LARGE FREIGHTER.
A Detroit correspondent says: Officials of the Detroit Ship Building Co. are expecting to turn over to her owners tonight (Tuesday) the steamer HOWARD L. SHAW launched only seventeen days ago. They have made a record in putting in the machinery of this vessel and otherwise equipping her after launching. It has all been done in fourteen working days, and is undoubtedly the fastest work of its kind ever heard of in this country. The SHAW is a 6,000-ton ship with big triple expansion engines, and requiring in engine department and crew's quarters all the labor that is necessary to the outfitting of the best of the lake freighters. To have done all this in fourteen days is certainly a rare achievement. There was no overtime of any kind, excepting in the electric wiring. which was not done by the ship building company. Supt. Calder is the most delighted man in Detroit as he feeds that this rapid work on the Shaw was due to every department of the company doing its part with a willingness that means good organization. The SHAW was launched Sept. 15 Ballast pumps were the only machinery aboard. On Monday, the 17th the men at the Orleans street works began hoisting machinery into the ship. At 9 A. M. the following Wednesday, engines and boilers were in place, and Thursday night saw work completed on the main steam and feed pipes. Friday afternoon, the 21st, boilers were pumped up with water and a preliminary test made. The next morning, Saturday, at 9 A. M., the boilers were inspected by government officials and they were fired up in the afternoon One or both boilers have had steam on ever since. On Wednesday and Thursday following (26th and 27th) engines were worked at the dock, and, when found in order, they were cleaned up for the painters. In the meantime the work of building cabins, which was accomplished in twelve days under contract with J. Vinton & Co., was going on rapidly under the direction of Mr. Edward Rogers, so that by the night of Saturday, the 30th the ship was finished up to the point of taking aboard her furniture, which was done Monday morning. Then the engines were indicated to prove valve setting, the ship's crew having taken charge so as to become accustomed to their work as early as possible. It is expected that the SHAW will go to the fuel dock today (Tuesday, Oct. 2) and get away tonight for her first cargo.
October 4, 1900
HOWARD L. SHAW * Built Sept. 15, 1900 Bulk propeller - Steel
U. S. No. 96524 4901 gt - 3802 nt 435.5' x 51.5' x 28'
* Renamed, (b) HOWARD L. SHAW - Can - 1940 (C 172356)
Sunk as landfill, Humber Bay. Toronto,
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