The steamer SPOKANE will be pulled apart Friday or Saturday in the Ship Owners' dry dock No. 1. It is safe to say that few persons understand how sixty feet of space is to be made between the forward and after end of the steamer to undergo the operation of lengthening. The rivets have all been removed at a point amidships, so that nothing holds the boat together, but consider that the forward end weighs about 700 tons. This 700 ton half rests on greased ways similar to those prepared for end launches. Nine inch rope will be rove through blocks attached to both sides and the ropes will be run to two capstans, each of which will be turned by two teams. The after end will not be moved. The SPOKANE went into the dock 249 feet 5 inches long and when the Cleveland Ship Building Company has finished their work she will come out 309 feet 5 inches long, which will, with her 39 foot beam, give her proportions of the latest and most successful carriers.
The SPOKANE was the first steel boat built on the lakes, the ONOKO being the first iron boat. Mentioning iron and steel boats, brings up the fact that the designs, scantlings and dimensions of the SPOKANE were figured for iron, and then Capt. Thomas Wilson asked the Globe Ship Building Company to say how much they would add to the contract price to build the boat of steel. The additional cost was something like $10,000 but anyhow it was satisfactory. As a result the SPOKANE was 20 per cent stronger than if she had been designed for a steel boat, and consequently she will be as strong, or stronger, after she is lengthened than most steel steamers built since. Strange to say it is expected that the additional sixty feet will make little or no change in her speed, while it will increase her carrying capacity 750 tons.
The Marine Review
February 18, 1892
Steam screw SPOKANE. U. S. No. 116104. Of 2,356 tons gross; 1,974 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1886. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 311.8 x 38.2 x 20.8 Freight service. Crew of 17.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911