The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
North West (Propeller), U130661, 8 Aug 1895

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      Government Engineers Interested In Their Working And Will Go Up The Lakes On The Big Boat.
      Washington, Aug. 8. -- Chief Engineer Perry and Passed Assistant Engineer Norton have been ordered to Proceed to Buffalo and sail on the 13th. inst. on the new lake steamer NORTH WEST. They will make the round trip from Buffalo to Duluth. The point of interest in the trip is that the vessel is equipped with the French Belleville boilers of the tubulous type and the purpose is to ascertain the fitness of these boilers for naval uses.
      An American tubulous boiler has been heretofore tested on the coast defense ship MONTEREY with most satisfactory results, and Chief Engineer Melville says these boilers have never given trouble for a single day. Indeed it is said at the Navy Department, that the American type, so far as tested, have given results far exceeding those shown by the French boilers, and as they are much lighter than the ordinary shell boilers, they are destined to play an important part in the economy of our new men-of-war.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, August 8, 1895
Steam screw NORTH WEST. U. S. No. 130661. Of 4,244 tons gross; 2,339 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1894. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 358.5 x 44.0 x 23.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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North West (Propeller), U130661, 8 Aug 1895