The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Andrew Carnegie (Propeller), U107267, 20 Feb 1897

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      The ANDREW CARNEGIE Successfully Launched at Cleveland
      One of the Largest Carriers.
Cleveland, O., Feb. 20. -- The big steel steamer ANDREW CARNEGIE, building for the Wilson Transit Company, was successfully launched this morning. The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Mabel Wilson, daughter of Capt. Thomas Wilson, president and manager of the transportation company, and despite the disagreeable weather, the launch was witnessed by a very large crowd.
The CARNEGIE will be completed by the opening of navigation and will be one of the largest carriers on the lakes.
      Buffalo Sunday News
      Sunday, February 21, 1897

      Capt. Thomas Wilson of Cleveland has named his largest vessel, a steel steamer just launched at the yard of the Cleveland Ship Building Company, for Andrew Carnegie. Capt. Wilson can probably do this more appropriately than any other vessel owner on the lakes. Both men were born in Scotland, and it is understood that their birth places were not far apart. The new steamer is in every respect a modern lake freighter. Quite a little ceremony attended the launching, which occurred on Saturday last. The vessel is constructed on the channel system and is 400 feet long from the forward side of the stem to the after side of the stern post, 420 feet long over all, 48 feet beam and 28 feet deep. She has a water bottom 5 feet deep, capable of carrying about 2,000 tons of water ballast. There are twelve hatches and three pole spars. Houses are of the usual barge style. A complete electrical lighting plant, steam steering gear, steam windlass and capstan forward, steam capstan aft, and two steam capstans as well as a hoisting engine amidships, are features of the outfit. Cylinders of the triple expansion engines are 23, 38 and 63 inches in diameter with a common stroke of 40 inches. The propeller will be 13 feet in diameter and 17 feet pitch. Steam will be furnished by three Scotch boilers each 12 feet in diameter and 13 feet long, to be allowed a working pressure of 175 pounds of steam to the square inch. It is thought this power will drive the vessel easily 12 miles an hour loaded. The CARNEGIE should carry 4,000 gross tons of ore on 14 ½ feet mean draft, or about 6,000 gross tons on 16 ½ feet.
      She will be commanded by Capt. B. H. Jones. Frederick Harmon will be chief engineer.
      Marine Review
      February 25, 1897

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Andrew Carnegie (Propeller), U107267, 20 Feb 1897