GILCHRIST WILL HAVE 75 BOATS
HE HAS ORDERED TEN WITHIN THE PAST THREE WEEKS
MAY BUY SEVERAL MORE DURING THE COMING WINTER
DISPATCHES AT FAULT AS TO SIZE OF HIS LATEST ORDER
A Cleveland dispatch printed in these columns yesterday erroneously stated the size of the latest contract for new freighters signed by J. C. Gilchrist. Through no fault of The Free Press it was announced that he has closed for six new boats. The fact of the matter is, he ordered but three freighters, two from the American Shipbuilding Co. and one from the Columbia Iron Works, of St. Clair, Mich.
The boats will be duplicated, of 6,500 capacity. This will make ten modern freighters which Mr. Gilchrist has ordered within the past three weeks, and the aggregate cost will run upwards of $2,500,000. The steamers will be 438 feet overall, 416 feet keel, 50 feet beam and 28 feet deep. They will have triple expansion engines with cylinders 23, 35, and 68 inches, with a 40-inch stroke. Steam will be furnished by Scotch boilers, which will be 13 feet, 2 inches in diameter, and 11½ feet long. They are all to have the Ellis & Eaves draft. The two (sic) steamers which will be built by the Columbia Iron works will come out next July, but it will be late in the fall before the other two are completed. This order for ten ships is the largest that was ever placed on the lakes, and practically dills the different yards of the American Shipbuilding Company for the next year. The company now has 38 vessels under contract which will cost $3,580,000.
With this order Mr. Gilchrist will have 75 vessels, most of which he built and purchased during the past few years. He said yesterday that he would not order any more vessels this year, but he would probably buy a number during the winter.