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North West (Propeller), U130661, 20 May 1895

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      Both Will be Tried on the Northwest's Preparatory Trip Tomorrow to See Which is the More Satisfactory.
When the NORTHWEST makes her preparatory trip tomorrow an experiment will be tried on her to decide whether hard or soft coal is cheaper. Hard coal will be burned in 14 of her boilers, while In the other 14 soft coal will be consumed.
      The Fuel will be weighed before going into the furnaces, and the ashen will afterward be weighed and the steaming qualities of both thoroughly investigated. Upon the result will depend the character of the fuel she is to burn this season.
The NORTHWEST is scheduled to leave Buffalo for Cleveland at midnight, Friday, May 24, with a large party of hotel men. The steamer will leave Buffalo June 1 for Milwaukee and Chicago, with a large party of invited guests, arriving at Milwaukee June 4, where the steamer will remain one day for inspection by the public before going to Chicago. A three days' stop has been planned at Chicago.
She will leave Chicago with about 250 passengers, consisting of the Minnesota Iron Company officials and their guests, for Duluth, reaching there June 9.
      The NORTHLAND will make a preparatory trip from Cleveland next Tuesday, going as far as the Dunning light. It is planned to have her entirely equipped by June 5, when she will leave for Cleveland, arriving there the next day.
      The steamer will then return to Buffalo and will sail on her first regular trip to Duluth, June 11. The appointment of the officers have not all been made, but Captain W. H. Campau will command, and J. M. Kennedy will be second officer, F. A. Curtiss purser, W.C. Mullen clerk, George Hilton steward, and J.M. Reynolds chief engineer.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Sunday, May 19, 1895

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      It was 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon when the tugs took the Northwest’s line and the largest exclusively passenger steamer afloat steamed out into the lake for the purpose of adjusting her compasses and trying her machinery, which was thoroughly overhauled last winter, and to make a test between hard and soft coal. In 14 of her boilers hard coal was burned while soft coal was consumed in the other 14, The result of the coal test will not be made known for several days, as the fuel was weighed before going into the furnaces, and the ashes will be weighed and the steaming qualities of both thoroughly investigated. Upon the result will depend the character of the fuel the NORTHWEST is to burn this season.
It was a delightful trip, Everything worked in perfect order and there was not a hitch anywhere, The great boat went up the lake about 54 miles. For the first two hours out the engines were turning up at the rate of 66 per minute, and the remainder of the run up they averaged about 90 turns. When off Crystal Beach the great ship was going between 15 and 16 miles an hour and when off Dunkirk she was making according to the log about 18 miles.
The Anchor Line steamer JAPAN was sighted ahead about eight miles above Dunkirk, and after passing the JAPAN the NORTHWEST was hauled around and at 6:40 o'clock was headed for Buffalo. Here orders were given to let her out a link or two, and the twin screws were revolving at the rate of 102 to 109 turns per minute, which the floating palace averaged all the way down, This sent her through the water at the rate of 20 miles an hour.
As she neared Buffalo last night the great search light was thrown out across the water and upon the city. The effect was fine. The search light is the one that was used on the top of the Liberal Arts Building at the World's Fair.
      Among those who took the trip were: General Manager John Gordon, Assistant Manager Fred P. Gordon, Capt. James H. Killeran, Chief Engineer Frazer, Charles Hebard of Picklands, Mather & Co., Jerry Rodgers, chief engineer of the Union Line; and Robert Learmouth of the anchor line.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, May 21, 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, 20 May 1895