Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Marine Record (Cleveland, OH), September 5, 1895, p. 4

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SHIP BUILDING AND REPAIRS. NEW CONTRACTS. The Cleveland Shipbuilding Co. is the latest to an- nounce a contract for a steel steamer of the largest type to be built for the Zenith City Transportation Co., which Capt. A. B. Wolvin and others of Duluth, are the principai stockholders. The dimensions of the new boat are 420 feet over all, and 400 feet keel by 48 feet beam and 28 feet depth. Her triple-expansion engines measure 23, 38, and 63 by 40 inches, and her boilers 14 feet 8 inches by 13 feet long, tested to ‘170 pounds pres- sure. The water bottom will be 60 inches deep. The channel system of construction will be c used. The cost of the new boatis given at $260,000, and she is to be delivered to her owners June 1st. The Union Dry-dock Co., of Buffalo, is preparing planus fora handsome steel steamyacht, which they will build for W. J. Connors, the well-known freight hand- ler: She will measure 132 feet over all, with 17% feet beam and 9 feet depth. She will be propelled by a triple-pansion engine, 10, 16, and 26 by 18 inches. She will have tubulous boilers and is ex- pected to make twenty miles per hour. The deck-house will be of mahogany, and in the finishing white mahogany, curly maple, and quartered oak will be used. Mr. A. J. McBrier, of Erie, has been figuring for some time past on a steel schooner to tow behind some of the steamers and expects to let the con- tract within a day or two. Several builders have fur- nished figures, but it isnot very likely that she will be built on the lower lakes. SS PROGRESS AT THE YARDS. At the Globe Shipyard, Cleveland, the keel of the new 432-fooot boat is now being laid, and material is coming in in sufficient quantities to probably keep the men at work. It is hoped that work on the revenue cutter J.G. Carlisle may begin soon. At the Cleveland yard the Wilson Transit Co.’s boat is being pushed. A good share of her keel and floors are already togather, and work will begin on the new steamer, for which the contract has “just been closed, as soon as material can be procured. DeErrort.—The Detroit Dry-dock Co. are getting started on the new side- wheel steamer for the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co., but are held back a good deal for lack of material. Sourn CHIcAco.—Work on the three new boats which the Chicago Ship Building Co. has orders for is delayed somewhat by material, but office work and other preparations are going for- ward, so that every thingwill be ready for the steel when it arrives. West Bay Crty.—The McCormick steamer building at Wheeler’s yard, will be launched about October 1. Burger & Burger, of Manitowoc, are said to have the inside track on the new wooden passenger steamer which the Goodrich Transportation Co. ex- pect to build the coming season. CLEVELAND REPAIR WORK, The Cleveland Ship Building Co., put a new shoe and stern-bearings on the Onoko at the Ship Owners’ dry- dock this week. Atthis dock the H. D. Coffinberry got a new wheel and her stern-bearings lined up; the Iron State hada calking job; the Roumania hada loose shoe repaired; and the A. P. Wright is to go into the dock to-day. At the Cleveland dry-dock the Malta has just gone in, to repair the damage done to her bottom amidships by striking above the Sault canal.. Repairs will consume nearly a week, and will be done by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. During the week the Uganda had her stern brackets fixed at this dock, the Business got a new wheel and had her butts calked, the V. O. T, Co.’s THE MARINE RECORD. dredge was calked all over. The steamer Desmond got a new wheel and shoe, and the tug Paige and steam- yacht Aleet were in for minor repairs. Both docks had to turn away considerable work this week. ; The Chase Machine Co., have been overhauling the engines of the tug Loretta Englesbee, and have shifted them back a little farther in the hull. WEST SUPERIOR DRY-DOCK WORK. (ILLUSTRATED.) The West Superior correspondent of THE MARINE RECORD has sent in several photographs which are re- produced in this issue, showing the damage to and the repair work on the steamer Nyanza, which was in colli- BARGE 117 WHEN SHE REACHED THE DOCK. sion with the Northern King, and the whaleback barge No. 116, which ran into the stranded steamship Alva, just below Hay Lake:Channel, in the Sault. The illus- trations show the boats as they lay in the American Steel Barge Co.’s dry-dock. The Northern King struck the Nyanza on the star- board side, making a large hole, and bulging her out badly on the port side. The blow bent all the deck planks on both the upper and lower decks, so that they had to be taken up and replaced for a distance of 140 feet, the new planking being Pacific Coast pine. The Nyanza is diagonally strapped all over, and the deck straps and arch plates were all buckled, greatly increas- ing the expense of the repair work. There was used, in the repairs of the Nyanza, about THE NYANZA IN DRY-DOCK, — 80,000 feet of timber, and over 30 tonsof iron and steel, not including a new propeller. She was calked allover, inside and out, over 100 bales of oakum being used. There was a pressure of 500 tons put against her port side to straighten her out—abont 300 tons hydraulic and about 200 tons with turnbuckles and shores, and many of the fastenings had to be loosened. An entire refast- ening was another large item of the repairs. The ceiling was renewed for a distance of 140 feet, and the outside planking for about 100 feet, from rail to bottom, oy New frames, of course, were also required for this area. The Nyanza entered the dock on August 2, and left it Saturday, the 31st. This is one of the largest and quickest repair jobs ever done at a lakedry-dock. ~ Barge No. 117 is shown in the illustrations as she a peared when she first arrived at the American Steel Barge Co’s shipyard, aud again after most of the dam- aged plates had been removed. The latter picture will perhaps give a better idea of the real extent of the dam- age, although the first will show to the shipbuilder the disadvantage at which the men worked who had to drill out the rivets and remove the plates. About 100 men worked on this job, taking off and putting on 41 plates, 10 frames, beams and floors, and an entire new fore- castle and forward water-ballast tank— in fact a complete new forward end, The American Steel Barge Co. was at this time employing about 300 men.on re- pair work. They were also doing other work, having a tug under the sheer-legs at the yard, and men and a scow around the harbor, doing odd repair jobs. & OTHER REPAIRS. Cuicaco.—At Miller Bros. shipyard the steamer A. B. Taylor was in dock for a new wheel and repairs to stern bear- ings. The tug lL. B. Johnson was in to — have a leak stopped; the tug W: H. Doan for repairs to her rndder and. shoe, and the tug Mosher for a new ‘‘Sheriff’s wheel.”’ Derrrort.—The steamer . C. Pope went intothe De- troit dry-dock last Thursday, for repairs of the damage incurred by striking the northern light off Port Huron Her repairs were largely on her machinery, every part of which was more or less damaged.

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