Several steel vessels building in lake ship yards are now about ready for launching. On Saturday, the 27th inst, the Globe Iron Works Co., Cleveland, will launch the steel tow barge TYRONE, building for Messrs. Irwin, Tener and others, owners of the steamers HARPER and NIMICK. This boat, alike to the tow barges built for the Minnesota company and John Corrigan at Chicago, will be fitted with a steam towing machine. on the same date, Wheeler & Co. of West Bay City will launch one of the big Eddy-Shaw steamers, the first of seven steel freighters which they have under contract. On the following Saturday, Aug. 3, Mr. R. R. Rhodes' steamer YALE, another of the largest type of ore carriers, will be launched by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. It is expected also that the 400-foot steamer ZENITH CITY, being built at South Chicago for A.B. Wolvin of Duluth, and others, will be ready for launching during the first week in August. The launch of the ZENITH CITY will leave the Chicago yard with no contracts other than that covering the steel tow barge for John Corrigan and others of Cleveland. The Globe Company, Cleveland, has a revenue cutter to build for the government and has just laid the keel for the largest of all ore carriers 412 feet keel which is to be managed in the office of M. A. Hanna & Co. At the yard of the Cleveland Ship Building Co. the launch of the YALE will be followed by active work on the new 400-foot steamer for the Wilson Transit Co. This boat is to be 45 feet beam, although most other boats of 400 feet length are given 48 feet width. Capt. Wilson says there are some places where steamers of 48 feet beam can not well be handled, and he is desirous of having his boat suited to all harbors. Notwithstanding his decision in this regard, he is of the opinion, however, that boats of 50 feet beam will be built later, but that the limit of length for some time to come has been reached.
July 25, 1895
The steel schooner TYRONE, launched by the Globe company, Cleveland, on Saturday last, for Messrs. Irwin, Tener and others, owners of the steamers HARPER and NIMICK, has all the features of the modern lake consort. She is fitted with an 8-foot steel boiler, which will supply steam for windlass, capstans, deck engine, steering engine, ballast pump, etc. An electric light plant and steam towing machine are also included in her equipment. The boat is 300 feet keel, 41 feet beam and 24 feet deep.
August 1, 1895