The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 18 July, 1895

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It is the intention of the Northern Steamship Co. to place steel buckets on the twin screws of both of the passenger steamers. The North West will be equipped first. Upon her arrival Thursday, in order to avoid any delay, only two buckets will be put on, and on the following trip the other two will be placed on her. Steel buckets are much lighter than the cast iron ones now used, and it is thought that her engines will turn up much faster. If they prove to be a success, the North Land will also be equipped with them. From the time the North Land left Buffalo on her last trip her engines made 679,943 revolutions until she stopped outside of the piers at Duluth. On the down trip her engines made 679,369 revolutions. In comparing the port and starboard engines, the port registered 340,160 and the starboard 339,209 revolutions for the down trip. For the same trip up, and practically steering the same course, the engines of the North West turned up about 1,000 turns more. Duncan Fraser, chief engineer of the line, intends to make tests between the two boats, similar to those made on the steamer Harvey Brown, only on a larger scale.

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The NORTH LAND (US#130690) and NORTH WEST (US#130661 ) were nearly identical 4200 t. passenger steamers built in 1895 at Cleveland. NORTH LAND was cut in two to transit the Welland Canal in 1918 to join WWI, but was too late and was never reassembled. She was scrapped in 1921. NORTH WEST was gutted by fire in 1911, and laid up. In Nov, 1918, she was cut in two to make the trip to the Atlantic also, but the forward half sank in Lake Ontario enroute. The stern half and engines were joined to a new forward section at Quebec, becoming the Canadian freighter MAPLECOURT (C#141766), and returned to the lakes. She was torpedoed in the Atlantic during WWII and sank with all hands.

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18 July, 1895
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Dave Swayze
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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), 18 July, 1895