The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug 19, 1894

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A subscriber wishes to know how many engines the steamer Northwest has. The following is a brief description of the steam power in the big steamer: There are two vertical quadruple expansion engines of 3,500-horse power each. The sizes of the cylinders are 35 inches for the high pressure, 36 for the first intermediate, 51 1/2 for the second intermediate and 74 for the low pressure, with a stroke of 42 inches. The steam is furnished by twenty-eight Belleville steam boilers.

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This is one of the first large quadruple-expansion steam engines that I have seen referenced in the lakes trade. The passenger/excursion steamer UNIQUE , built at Marine City, Mich., and launched a few months earlier also had a quad, but had a lot of trouble with engine and boilers and was not actually operating by this time.

The big steel NORTH WEST (two words) US#130661, was one of the first truly modern passenger vessels on the lakes. Her white hull, fine lines and four stacks (later reduced to 3) were almost a trademark. She was built by Globe Ship Building, Cleveland, and was 358 feet and 4244 tons. In 1911, after a dockside fire, she was laid up until 1918, when she was sold Canadian and cut in two for transit to salt water. En route the forward half sank in a storm on Lake Ontario, killing two. The after end was joined with a new bow at Lauzon, Quebec and the vessel became the freighter MAPLECOURT. She was torpedoed and sunk with all hands in the North Atlantic Feb. 6, 1941, by the submarine U-107. A good photo of NORTH WEST after her 1902 rebuild (when she gave up her stacks) is on HIstorical Collections of the Great Lakes' website.
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Aug 19, 1894
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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), Aug 19, 1894