THE BIGGEST LAKE VESSEL
Description of the Marine Monster of the Upper Lakes
Toledo Blade: - At Bailey Bros. ship yard is building the largest vessel on the lakes. She will be the first five masted vessel that fresh water owns. Her dimensions are as follows: Length of keel, 265 feet; length overall, 278 feet; breadth of beam, 38 feet, nine inches; hold in shallowest place, 21 feet; in deepest place, 24 feet, eight inches She is to be a double-decker, lower hold, 10 feet; between deck to spar deck, 11 feet; two center-board boxes, forward one 27 feet long; after box, 25 feet long.
She is also filled in solid forward by five solid breast hooks, oak timber, 12 by 14 inches, bolted through and through with 1 1/4 inch iron. She is to be locked off by square fastenings. Her deck beams, lower ones, are 10 by 11 inches, her upper deck beams numbering 265 and 200 are 6 by six, balance 65 are 6 by 12.
Kelsons are of the heaviest descriptions to give her good back bone, 5 feet 8 inches high and 24 inches thick, running through and through. Her main rail is 4 by 14 inches and will have a monkey rail both forward and aft, and to give the vessel additional strength she has one arch or iron belt that runs right through the vessel, of 8 inches wide and 1 inch thick; also a diagonal strip outside of the frame of an angle of forty-five degrees, of iron four inches wide and three-fourths of an inch thick.
Her cabin and forecastle will be above decks. She is to have a windlass and four capstans furnished by the Emerson patent windlass company, R.I. Her blocks and hoops are to be all nickel-plated. Her rig of five spars will be fitted out with square rig on the foremast, the other four spars to be rigged with fore and aft canvas, having three jibs, square foresail, double topsail, with main and mizzen topmast staysail. The canvas she will spread when it is shaken out to the breeze will be 5,500 yards.
It is expected that she will be ready for service about March 1st, providing the ice is so she can be launched. Her estimated cost will be in the neighborhood of $95,000, her carrying capacity filled up will be 140,000 or on 14 feet six inches water will be from 90,000 to 95,000 bushels of corn. Her owner is M. D. Carrington of the grain commission firm of Carrington & Casey.*