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Zenith City (Propeller), U28129, 14 Aug 1895


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Will be the largest vessel on the lakes. -- The VICTORY will be launched at Chicago, June 29. She will be the largest vessel on the lakes, measuring 405 feet over all, or 19 feet longer than the NORTH LAND, and 45 feet beam. Three weeks later the ZENITH CITY will be launched in the same yards. She will have the same dimensions as the VICTORY, except that her water ballast tank will be five feet, or six inches less than the VICTORY. It is expected that the VICTORY will be in commission by August 1, and the ZENITH CITY three weeks later. The VICTORY will be owned by the Inter-Lake Company; the ZENITH CITY by the Zenith Transportation Company.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, June 17, 1895 6 - 2

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      LARGEST VESSEL ON THE LAKES.
      The Victory, to be Launched Today at Chicago, 10 Feet Longer Than NORTHLAND
Chicago, June 29. -- The VICTORY will be launched here today. She will be the largest vessel on the lakes, measuring 405 feet overall, or 12 feet longer that the NORTH LAND, and 45 feet beam.
      Three weeks later the ZENITH CITY will be launched at the same yards. She will have the same dimensions as the VICTORY. It is expected that the VICTORY will be in commission by August. The VICTORY will be owned by the Inter-Lake Company; the ZENITH CITY by the Zenith Transportation Company.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Saturday, June 29, 1895

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Several steel vessels building in lake ship yards are now about ready for launching. On Saturday, the 27th inst, the Globe Iron Works Co., Cleveland, will launch the steel tow barge TYRONE, building for Messrs. Irwin, Tener and others, owners of the steamers HARPER and NIMICK. This boat, alike to the tow barges built for the Minnesota company and John Corrigan at Chicago, will be fitted with a steam towing machine. on the same date, Wheeler & Co. of West Bay City will launch one of the big Eddy-Shaw steamers, the first of seven steel freighters which they have under contract. On the following Saturday, Aug. 3, Mr. R. R. Rhodes' steamer YALE, another of the largest type of ore carriers, will be launched by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. It is expected also that the 400-foot steamer ZENITH CITY, being built at South Chicago for A.B. Wolvin of Duluth, and others, will be ready for launching during the first week in August. The launch of the ZENITH CITY will leave the Chicago yard with no contracts other than that covering the steel tow barge for John Corrigan and others of Cleveland. The Globe Company, Cleveland, has a revenue cutter to build for the government and has just laid the keel for the largest of all ore carriers 412 feet keel which is to be managed in the office of M. A. Hanna & Co. At the yard of the Cleveland Ship Building Co. the launch of the YALE will be followed by active work on the new 400-foot steamer for the Wilson Transit Co. This boat is to be 45 feet beam, although most other boats of 400 feet length are given 48 feet width. Capt. Wilson says there are some places where steamers of 48 feet beam can not well be handled, and he is desirous of having his boat suited to all harbors. Notwithstanding his decision in this regard, he is of the opinion, however, that boats of 50 feet beam will be built later, but that the limit of length for some time to come has been reached.
      Marine Review
      July 25, 1895

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      BIGGEST STEAMER ON THE LAKES.
      Chicago, Aug. 14. - With breaking of the time-honored bottle of sparkling champagne the steamer ZENITH CITY gracefully glided down the ways at the yards of the Chicago Ship Building Company this afternoon and took her place in lake commerce as the largest steamer on the chain of lakes.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Wednesday, August 14, 1895

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The big steamer ZENITH CITY will be launched at 3:30 today at the yard of the Chicago Steam Boat Co. She is the largest vessel on the lakes.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, August 14, 1895
     
     
ZENITH CITY. Built Aug. 14, 1895 Bulk propeller - steel
U. S. No. 28129. 3850 gt - 3429 nt 387.5' x 48.3 x 23.3'
      Launched August 14, 1895
      Scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario in 1947.
      Chicago Steam Boat Co. Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio


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launch, Chicago
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1895
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McN.E.6328
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William R. McNeil
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Zenith City (Propeller), U28129, 14 Aug 1895