The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
North West (Propeller), U130661, 6 Jan 1894

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      Description of the Boat Which is to Run Between Buffalo and Duluth.
Cleveland, O., Jan. 6. -- The launch of the twin-screw steamer NORTH WEST, the first of the two Northern Line Steamers being built in this city, took place in the yards of the Globe Iron Company at 2:30 P. M. today.
      A large number of ship and engine builders from the principal lake cities were present. The vessel slid gracefully down the ways, a distance of 60 feet, and then dropped five feet into the water.
The NORTH WEST is one of the finest boats ever built on the lakes. She is being constructed for the Northern Steamship Company and will run between Buffalo and Duluth in connection with the Great Northern Railway.
      She is built upon the lines of the best sea-going steamships, with twin screws, 4-bladed and 13 feet in diameter. Her engines are 7,000 horse power, and a speed of 20 miles an hour is promised.
      The total length of the NORTH WEST, over all is 383 feet, with 44 breadth and 26 feet depth. She has four decks, lower, main, upper and hurricane deck.
      Upon the lower deck forward are the emigrants' quarters with room for 350 people. Then come three water-tight compartments for the 28 boilers. These compartments are followed aft by the engine space, which will contain two quadruple expansion engines. Around the boiler space are the coal bunkers. The baggage space is just beyond the engine room.
      The entire crew of the boat will number 150 people. The electric lighting plant is on the lower deck also. It is aft of the emigrants' quarters and will furnish power for the 1,300 lights.
The dining saloon is a beautiful room, 52 by 38 feet, finished in white and gold, with carved cherry wainscoting. The sideboards will be of carved cherry and there will be of carved cherry and there will be a big mantle with a grate in the center.
      There are 140 state rooms upon the upper deck. The deck house aft is 114 feet long. It contains a ladies deck saloon, finished in Mahogany. The saloon will have a good piano and will be handsoely furnished.
      The deck house contains 18 large state-rooms. There will also by a ladies reading room in the after end of this deck house, with an open fire place in its center.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      January 6, 1894
The Northern Line's new palace steamer NORTH WEST will leave Buffalo for Duluth on her first trip of the season June 5. Her twin sister, the NORTH LAND, will be held back until after the first trip of the NORTH WEST to profit from by the experience in making any changes which may suggest themselves as advisable.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      February 12, 1894
Steam screw NORTH WEST. U. S. No. 130661. Of 4,244 tons gross; 2,339 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1894. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 358.5 x 44.0 x 23.2
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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North West (Propeller), U130661, 6 Jan 1894