Mr. Carpenter of the Jenks Ship Building Co., Port Huron, was in Cleveland a day or two ago looking after matters pertaining to the construction of a steel steamer of Canadian canal dimensions which his company is putting down on its own account. The greater part of the material for this vessel is already delivered in the Port Huron yard. The new vessel is to be practically a duplicate of RAVENSCRAIG, just completed for the estate of Capt. Thomas Wilson of Cleveland, and which is to go into commission this week. The 500 foot steamer building for the Wilson estate at the Port Huron yard will be completed Mr. Carpenter says. in August.
May 10, 1900
WILSON LINE STEAMER RAVENSCRAIG
The first steel steamer built by the Jenks Ship Building Co. of Port Huron, Mich., is illustrated herewith. The vessel is the RAVENSCRAIG of the Wilson line of Cleveland. A much larger vessel, the Capt. Thomas Wilson, is now nearing completion at the same yard for the same owners. The Ravens Craig was built to be used in service between the lakes and the Atlantic seaboard if it is at any time thought advisable to have her engage in that trade. She is of dimensions suited to passage through the Canadian canals - 257 feet over all, 43 feet beam and 26 ½ feet molded depth. Engines are of triple expansion type with cylinders of 17 1/2, 28 and 47 inches diameter and a common piston stroke of 40 inches. Steam is supplied by two Scotch boilers. The capacity of the vessel is about 3,000 gross tons on 18 feet draught and the indicated horse power about 800.
The second vessel building at the Jenks works for the Wilson interest will be of about 6,000 gross tons capacity and 1,600 indicated horse power. She is 440 feet over all, 50 feet beam and 28 feet molded depth, with triple expansion engine of 23, 38 and 63 by 40 inches, and three Scotch boilers.
June 28, 1900
The Welland-canal size steamer on the stocks at Port Huron for the Wilson Transit Co., of Cleveland, will be named RAVENSCRAIG. She is to be launched ready for business about April 1.
Port Huron Daily Times
Thursdat, Feburary 8, 1900
Steam screw RAVENSCRAIG. U. S. No. 111284. Of 2,301 tons gross; 1,758 tons net. Built Port Huron, Mich., 1900. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 243,5 x 43.2 x 23.8 Passenger service. Crew of 21. Of 600 indicated horsepower. Steel built.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906