The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kearsarge (Propeller), U161061, 31 May 1894

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Launch of the KEARSARGE
It was intended to launch the Interlake company's steamer KEARSARGE at the ship yard of the Chicago Ship Building Company to-day (Thursday). The KEARSARGE is a notable vessel, differing considerably in design and construction from any other lake freighter. Her principal dimensions are: Length of keel, 328 feet; length over all, 346 feet; beam, moulded 44 feet; depth, moulded 27 feet 6 inches; depth of water bottom 4 feet 6 inches. The ship is built to the rules and under the inspection of the United States Standard Register. It was at first intended to use channel frames, but as the desired size could not be obtained without a serious delay, bulb angle frames were used. Channel frames are, however, used throughout for the floors and beams, making a construction that can be easily worked, and at once remarkably strong and light as well as economical. It is estimated that the gain in strength and lightness is full 15 per cent. over ordinary construction. The KEARSARGE is intended for either the iron ore or package freight trade. She has a wood main deck, nine hatches and twelve gangways, six on either side, and a full outfit for handling package freight, and as she was constructed especially with a view to taking advantage of the 20-foot waterway throughout the lakes, she is expected to be an exceptionally large carrier. The first plate of this boat's keel was not laid until Feb. 5, 1894, and it is expected that she will leave the ship yard on July 1, or in less than five months after construction was begun. Engines and boilers were built by the Cleveland Ship Building Company, and work on this part of the ship was fully up with the rapid construction of the hull. The engines are triple expansion with cylinders 23, 38 and 62 inches by 40 inches stroke. Two Scotch boilers are 14 feet diameter and 13 feet long.
      The Marine Review
      May 31, 1894

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Kearsarge (Propeller), U161061, 31 May 1894