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North Land (Propeller), 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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      Trial Trip of the NORTHLAND & Departure of the Freight Propeller CHILI for Buffalo.
      Two notable marine events occurred at Cleveland Saturday. Two types of vessels, representing the highest constructive ability and the best and most recent designs, in passenger and freight boats respectively, stirred with life and motion for the first time.
The NORTHLAND, a counterpart of the NORTHWEST, the largest passenger boat on the lakes. left the docks of the Globe Iron Works and tried her sea legs out on the lake for a few hours, The CHILI, a modern freight propeller, departed from the docks of the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company for Buffalo to begin her career as a large lake carrier. This new vessel arrived in port early yesterday morning.
The NORTH LAND started on her trial trip at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon. She went up the lake as far as the dummy light. Her compasses were adjusted and her machinery was thoroughly tested. On her return to the harbor she was welcomed by her sister ship. the NORTHWEST, which went out to meet and pay respects to the new steamer.
The CHILI sailed away at 8:30 o'clock Saturday morning. She is a modern steel freighter, 324 feet keel, 342 feet over all, 42 feet beam, 27 feet deep, she is a duplicate of the I. W. NICHOLAS, built last year. She is designed as a general freight carrier. In 16 feet of water she will carry 3200 tons of ore and in 18 feet, 4500 tons.
The Cleveland Shipbuilding Company took the contract Dec. 1. 1894, to build her in six months. They deliver her to the owner, Capt. M. M. Drake of this city, 10 days before that time. Capt. A. B. Drake has qualified as her master. A few friends accompanied the boat on her trip, including the owner, James C. Wallace, general manager of the Cleveland Shipbuilding Company: J. J. McWilliams of Buffalo, S. C. Schenck of Toledo, David Vance of Milwaukee and others. The CHILI will load coal today for South Chicago.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, May 27, 1895

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North Land (Propeller), 20 May 1895