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
More about American Shipbuilding and the ships they built.

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