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Cumberland (Propeller), U125918, 7 Jun 1881

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The steamship CUMBERLAND was successfully launched yesterday afternoon from the ship yard of Messrs. T. Quayle & Sons. Heavy showers did not prevent a large crowd from witnessing the vessel. Woed was given at 4:35, and the vessel moved into the water, the stern a little the first. Her draught was 9 feet 3 inches aft, and 14 feet 9 inches forward.
      The Dimensions
of the CUMBERLAND are as follows: Length of keel, 250 feet; length over all, 265 feet; breadth of beam, 38 feet; and depth of hold, 20 feet. The frames are molded out of six-inch fitch with futtocks, placed 24 inches from center to center. The outside planking on the garboard streak is 6 inches thick; and the streak next to the garboard is 5 inches thick. The balance on the outside planking is 5 inches thick, excepting on the bilge, which are three streaks, two of 6 inches, and one of 7 inches. The stanchions are 5 inches thick, and placed between the frames. The main and rider keelsons are 16 inches square, with 6 streaks. She is keel-sided 14 inches, and molded 10 inches. She is frame molded at the center 18 inches; at the bilge, 15 inches, and at the top, 8 inches. The bilge at the keel is 10, 9, 8 and 6 inches. The size of the ceiling from the bilge up is 6 inches thick. The lower deck beams are 10 x 10 inches, and the upper deck beams are 6 x 7 inches. There are four breast hooks, besides pointers forward and aft.
      The Keel Box
is 22 feet long with 3 inch head ledges. The centerboard is 7 inches thick. The iron fastening in the main, rider and sister keelsons 1 1/8 x 1 inch, and the through bolting 7/8 of an inch. She is diagonally iron-strapped on the frame, 5 x ½ inch. The upper iron chord is 12 x 3/8 inches, with fish plates under the bolts. An iron arch 12 x 1 inch runs the whole length of the vessel. There are four masts, and cabins both fore and aft. She has an Emerson steam wndlass. An eagle 56 inches high will be the figurehead on the pilot house. It was carved by Herkimer.
      Her Machinery
Is similar to that of the steamer CITY OF ROME, which was fully descrobed in the Herald of Wednesday, June 1, and therefore, only a short description is herewith given. Her engines and boilers were built and furnished by the Cuyahoga Works, of this city. She has two double furnace return flue boilers, the shells being 9 feet in diameter, and made of the best Otis steel plate, 9-16 inches thick, and the horizontal seams secured by three rows of 3/4 inch rivets.
The engines are of a style known as compound, consists of one high pressure cylinder, 32 inch bore and 48 inch stroke, and one low pressure cylinder, 60 inch bore and 48 inch stroke; one being placed forward of the other, and both connected to one shaft. The cranks of the engine are placed directly opposite to each other. She is also supplied with a new starting engine, invented by Mr. J. F. Holloway.
      She was built for Mr. Wm. G. Winslow, of Buffalo, and others, at a cost of $120,000. Her capacity is about 70,000 bushels of corn. Her rating is A 1. She is officered as follows: Captain John Coulter, commander; Joe Gorman, mate; Horace Higgins, first engineer; james Crosby, second engineer.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, June 8, 1881

Steam screw CUMBERLAND. U. S. No. 125918. Of 1,601 tons gross; 1,280 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1881. Home port, Sandusky, Ohio. 251.5 x 38.3 x 19.7 Freight service. Crew of 15. Of 700 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1902

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Cumberland (Propeller), U125918, 7 Jun 1881