Thursday, July 19, 2018

American/Chicago Shipbuilding Co. along the Calumet River

(Satellite, three slips allowed them to make six ships at a time because they were launched sideways.)
Later, they switched to fewer, but bigger ships. They were built in a dry dock and then floated out.

Pete Martin posted
My grandfather in drydock 2 at shipyard. Prob 1966.
Dennis DeBruler It started as Chicago Shipbuilding Co. in 1890. https://chicagology.com/harbor/chicagoshipbuildingco/

Tony Margis posted
Chicago_Tribune_Sun__Feb_21__1960_
Laura Findeisen Layman I remember seeing these in dry dock.
Rod Sellers posted
View from the Skyway by Daily Calumet photographer, June 5 1974
William Ramp posted
The Robert W. E. Bunsen. Launched at Chicago, May 17, 1900. Renamed and reduced to a barge in 1954. Last recorded as a floating derrick at USX Fairless Steel, Pennsylvania, in 1988.
A great-aunt captured most of her with a box Brownie, but misjudged her forward speed.
Where was this taken? Who now knows... When? probably sometime between 1923(ish) and 1954.
Why bother? It was just fun to ID her. I wonder if the hull still exists.
Bob Laframboise Wow...teensy - weensy pilot house.....but this is 1910 so it serves the purpose ~
William Ramp Bunsen data: http://www.nemoha.org/2901875/data
[Bunsen data shows Quadruple Expansion:
"20.5, 30, 43.5 & 63" cylinders by 42" stroke, 1750hp at 75rpm by Chicago Ship Building Co. 15' 4 1/2" x 11', 210 pounds steam, scotch boilers, American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH."]
Dennis DeBruler I'm glad you indicated that it was launched in Chicago. That means it was probably built in one of these slips along the Calumet River: https://www.google.com/.../@41.7111854.../data=!3m1!1e3...
Andrew Haenisch William Ramp here is a link for more info on the barge http://greatlakes.bgsu.edu/vessel/view/000895
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP

Gerald Vilenski posted
The steamer "William E Corey" being launched in South Chicago, 1905...
Gary Schweitzer Why all the masts?
Mark Gilson The masts are to aid in stability during side launching.
Robert Nuke Thompson Mark Gilson how?
Preston Smith Mark Gilson more weight
Dennis DeBruler I assume they use tall weights to increase the angular momentum of the boat so that it won't rock as far from side to side.
[I believe this was the only shipyard big enough to building this boat.]

Pierre Hamon shared
Jeff Bransky Here’s the story behind that ship which had just been refitted in Chicago and was heading for service on the Great Lakes.
http://www.boatnerd.com/.../per.../CliffsVictory/default.htm
[Significant work was done by this shipyard on this ship more than once.]


More about American Shipbuilding and the ships they built.

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