LAUNCH OF THE "TIONESTA."
On Monday, December 15th, the Steamer TIONESTA, built for the Erie and Western Transportation Company, [Anchor Line] was successfully launched from the yard of the Detroit Shipbuilding Company, and the installation of her machinery is now in progress.
The ship will be ready to go into commission with the opening of the season of 1903, when she will be placed on the Buffalo-Duluth route, in connection with the steamers INDIA, CHINA, and JAPAN, constituting the passenger service of the Anchor Line, calling at the intermediate ports, Cleveland, Detroit, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette, Houghton and Hancock.
The schedule of the TIONESTA will be based upon a running speed of fourteen miles per hour; the round trip between Buffalo and Duluth occupying ten days, as against thirteen days, the schedule for the smaller boats.
The plan of the TIONESTA embraces many new ideas in the construction of lake steamers, the principal feature being the location of the dining saloon and social hall, which are on the deck above the sleeping cabins.
The entrance for the first class passengers is located amidship on the main deck, and occupies a space of twenty feet in length, extending entirely across the ship, from which broad stairs lead to the berth deck.
The berth deck occupies the full width of the ship and is arranged with four lines of staterooms extending from the forward bulkhead to the stack. The rooms are exceptionally large, each containing two berths, a cushioned sofa, porcelain lavatory supplied with water under pressure, electric lamps and service calls.
The lobby, located amidship on the berth deck, will be finished in quartered white oak, on either side of which will be located the offices of the purser and steward, and from which general access to all state-rooms, lavatories, bath-rooms, and barber-shop will be had; and from which also by a wide flight of stairs the social hall, music room, dining saloon and promenade deck will be reached.
Immediately forward of the social hall, there is eight large parlor rooms, each provided with a double bed, cushioned sofa, clothes press, separate bath and toilet room; and forward of these rooms the music room and library, 70 feet in length, having large plate glass windows and mahogany paneling.
Aft of the social hall and amidship on the promenade deck is the dining saloon, with a seating capacity for 136 passengers. This room is finished in mahogany. A dome skylight extends the entire length. Large plate glass windows on both sides on the line of the dining tables, so that passengers at meals have an unobstructed view.
Aft of the dining saloon are the galley, pantry, store room, refrigerators and mess rooms for officers and crew.
The smoking room is at the extreme end of the promenade deck, and is to be fitted out in the most attractive and comfortable manner. In fact, the smoking room is to be one of the most attractive features on the ship.
On the upper deck are located the pilot house and officers' quarters, with additional promenade for the passengers.
On the main deck aft, quarters are provided for the second class passengers with a separate entrance.
The dimensions of the TIONESTA are as follows:
Length, on keel - - - - - 340 feet
Length, over all - - - - - 360 feet
Beam - - - - - - - - - 45 feet
Depth - - - - - - - - - 28 feet
The whole construction is of steel up to the promenade deck.
The hull is divided into nine water tight compartments by eight bulkheads. There is a double bottom, with a water ballast capacity of nine hundred tons. The cargo capacity is thirty five hundred tons. Coal bunkers capacity three hundred and fifty tons. Total passenger capacity three hundred and fifty.
The engines are quadruple expansion of thirty five hundred horsepower.
There are four cylindrical boiler worked with the Howden Hot Draft System.
The steamer has a complete outfit of the highest class, including steam windlass, steam capstan, steam steerer, refrigerating plant and electric lighting.
The furnishings of the TIONESTA will leave nothing to be desired -- special attention being given to every detail.
The Anchor Line passenger service enjoys a merited popularity at the lowest rate consistent with first class accommodations.
Buffalo Evening News
December 21, 1902
Steam screw TIONESTA. U. S. No. 145958. Of 4329 gross tons; 2652 tons net. Built Wyondotte, Mich., 1903. Home port, Erie, Pa. 340.0 x 45.2 x 28.0 Crew of 83. Of 2,500 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1903