The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Iowa (Propeller), U100613, 14 May 1896

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New Goodrich Line Steamer
The new wooden screw steamer IOWA, built for the Goodrich Transportation Co. of Chicago by Burger & Burger of Manitowoc, was launched on Monday. She was designed by the Goodrich company at their office in Chicago for winter as well as summer service on Lake Michigan, and is 203 feet length on keel and 218 feet over all; beam over guards, 36.2 feet, and over hull, 31.2 feet; 14 feet molded depth. She is built of the best Wisconsin oak and has a truss built on the sides of the hull extending to the under side of the cabin deck. This truss is formed by a top chord of two steel channel bars, filled in with 9-inch oak strongly scarphed. Steel diagonal plate strapping, 6 inches by ½ inch and spaced about 5 feet apart in the square, extends over three-fourths of the vessel's length, being riveted at the top to steel channels and bolted to the framing at the under side of the bilges. The truss posts, 9 inches square and supporting the top chord, extend from below the beam knees, and are mortised into the top chord. Each truss post is connected at the top to heavy beams by strong deep knees. This form of truss is much stronger and neater than the old style of arch construction for vessels of this type. The stem and apron piece is over 3 feet thick, molded and covered with heavy steel plate for breaking ice, and the hull is sheathed with No. 12 sheet steel from below light water line to the underside of guards, for protection from ice. On the cabin deck are fifty-two staterooms for 108 passengers and on the hurricane deck there are twenty-four staterooms for forty-eight passengers. The rooms on the hurricane deck will be reached from a spacious stairway from the main saloon. A large vestibule at the top of this stairway is finished in hardwood and luxuriously upholstered for the comfort of ladies. The after staterooms on this deck are reached through a stairway at the after end of the saloon, and conveniently located to these rooms is a large, well-ventilated and commodious smoking room. The vessel will be lighted by electricity, 36-5 lamps being used. A light is furnished in every stateroom. Sleeping accommodations are ample and no pull-out berths will be used, as they hamper the seating accommodation of deck passengers. The painting and interior decorating is being done by Messrs. Crossman & Sturdy, Chicago. The vessel is furnished with frame sidelights, or air ports, made by the Detroit Sheet Metal & Brass Works. Engines are compound, of about 950 Indicated horse power, and were built by Chas. F. Elmes, Chicago. Two boilers of the Scotch type are 10 feet diameter by 10 feet 6 inches long and are allowed 150 pounds pressure. The tubes are 2 3/4 inches diameter: Boilers were made by John Mohr& Sons, Chicago. The cabin work is by the Manitowoc Building Supply Co. Officers of the new vessel are Capt. John Raleigh, Engineer Julius Bushmen, Purser C. B. Hamilton and Steward John A. Williams.
      Marine Review
      May 14, 1896

Steam screw IOWA. U. S. No. 100613. Of 1,157 tons gross

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William R. McNeil
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Iowa (Propeller), U100613, 14 May 1896