The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Carruthers (Propeller), C131090, 1 May 1913

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      Mightiest Steamer of its Kind in British Empire Launched at Collingwood.
      The steamer JAMES CARRUTHERS whicg was launched in Collingwood on Thursday last is said to be the largest steamer of its kind in the British Empire. The steamer is a grain carrier and was built for the St. Lawrence and Chicago Navigation Co.
      The dimensions of the vessel are length over all 550 feet and 8 inches length of keel, 529 feet beam moulded 58 feet, depth moulded, 31 feet. She will have a carrying capacity of over 15,000 tons gross on 19 feet draft. She is built of steel on the arch and web system, leaving the holds unobstructed by stanchions, a feature which enables coal and ore carriers to be unloaded with clamshell bucket system now universal in the Great Lakes She has thirty-eight telescoping
metal covers which fit into place mechanically. She has a carrying capacity of 375,000 bushels of wheat, or 600,000 bushels of oats, and about 11,000 tons of coal.
From a standpoint of carrying capacity the JAMES CARRUTHERS now ranks with some of the largest American freighters trading on the upper lakes. It will require 375 cars, extending a distance of three miles to carry the cargo that it is possible to put into the hold of the vessel.
The vessel is constructed with a complete double bottom, five feet deep and side tanks of the same width, four water ballast, the capacity of the tanks including the peak tanks, engine room tanks and deep tanks for ward, being approximately 6,600 tons, or 1,600,000 gallons of water, which can be pumped out in three hours. She is equipped with a steam steering gear, the latter a safety device. The main steering gear is operated by a hydraulic telornoteor. The
propelling machinery consists of triple expansion engines, supplied with steam by three marine Scotch boilers, designed to give the vessel a speed of 11 miles an hour and thirteen miles an hour light. There is a complete electrical installation and the vessel is fitted with a wireless apparatus. The quarters for the officers and crew are equipped with the most modern appliances She will be sailed by Captains W. H. Wright, of Toronto, with E.D. 0 Dell as chief engineer.
An outstanding feature in connection with the launching was that the JAMES CARRUTHERS is owned by a company of which Mr A. A. Wright is general manager, she is to be sailed by Captain W. H. Wright and she was christened by Miss Lillian C. Wright and as spectators stated she has an all right name.
      Owen Sound Sun
      May 27, 1913 [courtesy of Bill Hester]

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James Carruthers (Propeller), C131090, 1 May 1913