Joseph C. Gilchrist (Propeller), U200414, 10 Oct 1903
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BUILT IN RECORD TIME
New Gilchrist Constructed in Two Months
Lorain, October 10. - In launching the steamer J. C. GILCHRIST today Superintendent Frank Lamarche of the local yards of the American Shipbuilding Co. broke the record for steel boat construction. It was just eight weeks and two days from the time the GILCHRIST's keel was laid until she was launched.
The vessel is the last of the Gilchrist fleet under construction at this port and is a duplicate of the steamers R. E. SCHUCK and LOUIS WOODRUFF recently launched here. The new boat is 436 feet overall, 50 feet beam, and 20 feet deep.
Detroit Free Press
October 11, 1903
NOTE: The three boats mentioned were all sold to Interlake Steamship in 1913. Perhaps speed of construction and strength do not automatically correllate. R. E. SCHUCK (later HYDRUS) and LEWIS WOODRUFF (later ARGUS) were both lost with all hands in the Big Storm of 1913 while GILCHRIST (later CYGNUS) was scrapped in 1949.
The steamer J. C. GILCHRIST was launched today at Lorain. Building the vessel took only 8 weeks and 2 days, an unparalled feat.
Port Huron Daily Times
Thursday, October 15, 1903
Steam screw JOSEPH C. GILCHRIST. U. S. No. 200414. Of 4,725 tons gross; 3,393 tons net. Built at Lorain, Ohio in 1903. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 416.0 x 50.0 x 28.0 and a crew of 22. Inland passenger service. Steel built. Of 1,500 indicated horse power.
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1904 [steam vessels]
Steam screw CYGNUS.* U. S. No. 200414. Of 4,725 tons gross; 3,393 tons net. Built at Lorain, Ohio in 1903. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 416.0 x 50.0 x 28.0 and a crew of 22. Freight service. Steel built. Of 1,500 indicated horse power.
* Formerly steam screw JOSEPH C. GILCHRIST..
Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1914
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