The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 2 Sep., 1906


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EIGHTY STEAMERS,
500 FEET OR LONGER, IN PAST TWO YEARS
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Four-score steel steamers having a length of 500 feet or more have been built or ordered on the great lakes in the past two years! This count includes the steamer Sahara, whose carrying capacity practically equals that of a 500-footer, though she is only 494 feet long.

First among the 500-footers was the steamer Augustus B. Wolvin, launched April 19, 1904, at the Lorain yard. The Marine Review says: "Up to the time that the Wolvin was launched there was no vessel of 500 feet dimension on the lakes. There were four that approached that dimension so nearly as to be called 500-footers. They were the J. J. Hill, John W. Gates, William Edenborn and Isaac L. Ellwood. These steamers were 496 feet over all."

Following is the list which has been made during the past two years*:

Name Length over all Keel
ft. ft.
Augustus B. Wolvin 560 540
Ball Bros. 500 480
James C. Wallace 553 532
S. M. Clement 500 480
Philip Minch 500 480
Amasa Stone 548 525
L. C. Smith 545 525
Sylvania 524 504
Socapa 524 504
W. A. Rogers 545 525
L. C. Hanna 524 504
Powell Stackhouse 524 504
W. A. Paine 500 480
E. H. Gary 569 540
William E. Corey 569 543
George W. Perkins 569 540
H. C. Frick 569 549
J. E. Davidson 524 504
Hoover and Mason 524 504
W. G. Mather 531 511
Peter White 524 504
James P. Walsh 500 480
John Stanton 524 504
Charles S. Hebard 524 504
J. G. Butler, Jr. 545 525
Joseph Sellwood 545 525
Loftus Cuddy 545 525
James B. Wood 534 514
John Sherwin 534 514
W. K. Bixby 500 480
E. D. Carter 524 504
D. Z. Norton 500 480
B. F. Jones 550 530
James Laughlin 550 530
Frank C. Ball 550 530
W. P. Snyder 550 530
James P. Walsh 500 480
Eugene Zimmerman 505 485
Harvey D. Goulder 545 525
Harry Coulby 560 540
Abraham Stearn 545 525
E. J. Earling 545 525
C. A. Weston 569 549
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy 500 480
J. Pierpont Morgan 600 580
Henry H. Rogers 600 580
Norman B. Ream 600 580
P. A. B. Widener 600 580
J. Q. Riddle 552 533
Henry A. Hawgood 545 525
Samuel Mather 550 530
Ishpeming 550 530
Michigan 550 530
J. H. Sheadle 550 530
D. J. Morell 602 582
E. Y. Townsend 603 583
Henry B. Smith 552 532
W. M. Mills 605 585
Legrand S. DeGrath 605 585
W. D. Kerr 605 585
Unnamed for Charles L. Hutchinson 552 532
Unnamed for John Mitchell 552 532
Unnamed for Henry Steinbrenner 552 532
Unnamed for J. C. Gilchrist 540 520
Unnamed for J. C. Gilchrist 540 520
Unnamed for W. A. & H. A. Hawgood 552 532
Unnamed for E. D. Carter 524 504
Unnamed for Pittsburg Steamship Co. 600 580
Unnamed for Pittsburg Steamship Co. 600 580
Unnamed for Pittsburg Steamship Co. 600 580
Unnamed for Pittsburg Steamship Co. 600 580
Unnamed for C. O. Jenkins 534 514
Unnamed for Pickands, Mather & Co 552 532
Unnamed for Pickands, Mather & Co 552 532
Unnamed for Acme Steamship Co. 583 553
Unnamed for W. P. Snyder 574 554
Unnamed for James Davidson & H. L. Shaw 534 514
Unnamed for W. A. & H. A. Hawgood 553 532
Unnamed for Philadelphia and New York capitalists 524 500

"The 500-foot steamer is roughly classed as an 8,000-ton carrier. When favored with draught, however, she carries about 8,500 tons. The list herewith probably offers convincing proof that 500 feet will be the minimum length of future steamers. This length makes a capacious and handy craft. When the Wolvin was launched no one would have foretold this wonderful development of lake shipbuilding. In fact, when she was launched it was freely declared that she would prove a financial failure. The fact that she has now so many sisters proves that she was a fine financial success from the start."


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Notes:
*In the original list the ship names were separated from the overall length figures by dots or periods. I eliminated them in the hope of helping the list to remain in approximate column form when you receive it. Otherwise this is a verbatim transcription.       Some of us grizzled old geezers remember when a good number of these boats were still running.      
Date of Original:
2 Sep., 1906
Local identifier:
GLN.3090
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 2 Sep., 1906