GLMS 74 - Walter Smith Miscellaneous Ship Drawing Collection
|Title||GLMS 74 - Walter Smith Miscellaneous Ship Drawing Collection|
The Walter Smith Miscellaneous Ship Drawing Collection contains various architectural drawings of Great Lakes ships and boats. Drawings from the Chicago Ship Building Company, Detroit Dry Dock Company, Johnson Brothers, Great Lakes Engineering Works, Manitowoc Dry Dock Company, Charles L. Seabury & Company, American Steel Barge Company, and the Toledo Ship Building Company are contained in the collection. There are also drawings from unidentified ship builders, designs of naval architect S. B. Kingsbury, various ship specification sheets, and the logbook of the steamer SAMUEL MITCHELL for the 1908 season.
The collection was loaned to the Center for Archival Collections for the purpose of microfilming by Walter Smith of Marine City, Michigan in late 1981. Mr. Smith acquired the drawings at an undetermined date from Peirce McLouth. Literary and property rights of the microfilm edition have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The collection was prepared by Vicki L. Congrove, Great Lakes Ships Architectural Drawing Project Assistant at the Center for Archival Collections, November 1981.
For a history of the various shipyards involved in this collection, one may refer to Freshwater Whales by Dr. Richard J. Wright.
|Scope and Content|
The drawings in this collection date from 1900 to 1920. Use of the collection is limited by its incomplete nature. Naval historians and architects, as well as model ship builders, may find the drawings and specifications of greatest value. Economic and Naval historians of the Great Lakes also may find the cost estimates which are contained in the Great Lakes Engineering Works of use.
Drawings from the Sidney McLouth Shipyard in Marine City, Michigan are of particular interest to historians because many of the plans were never realized. It also is questionable where or if copies of the McLouth plans exist in any other repository.
Drawings from the Chicago Ship Building Company, Detroit Dry Dock, and Great Lakes Engineering Works compliment, and in some cases, duplicate, those drawings microfilmed under the Great Lakes Architectural Drawings Project at the Center for Archival Collections.
The designs of S. B. Kingsbury, naval architect, and drawings from Johnson Brothers, Charles L. Seabury & Company, and the drawings of unidentified ship builders are also unique.
The list of specifications for various ships and boats may provide information to model ship builders and naval historians of the Great Lakes. Specifications listed are for proposed ships, as well as some ships that were built, and range from tugs to passenger propellers.
Materials in the collection are organized by the Shipyard.
|Order of Microfilming|
CHICAGO - Chicago Ship Building Company
Hull No. 35
DETROIT - Detroit Dry Dock Company
Hull No. 187
FERRYSBURG, MICHIGAN - Johnson Brothers
Hull No. 32
Hull No. 35
ECORSE/ASHTABULA - Great Lakes Engineering Works
Proposed Passenger Twin Screw Propeller
Plan of Ship Yard (2/2/1907)
For Superior Ship Building Company, Superior, Wisconsin
Hulls No 518 & 519
Hull No. 36
Proposed Freight and Passenger Steamer
Barges No. 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134
Hull No. 82
Excursion Steamer for Ashley and Dustin
Proposed Hopper Conveyor Steamer
Hull No. 132
Proposed Sand Steamer
Twin Screw Passenger Steamer 252 x 43.6 x 25.6 feet
Proposed Passenger Steamer
Proposed 1000 Ton Fueling Lighter (no date)
Detroit River Tunnel
Specifications for a Steel Steamship for the Shenango Steamship Company, Hull No. 17
Cost estimates for:
Cost Summary for:
Estimated floating weights (no date)
KINGSBURY, S. B., Naval Architect - Designs
Power Cruiser for William J. Gunnell, Buffalo, New York
Power Cruiser for James Pease, Esq., Chicago - Henry Burger Builder
Ferry Launch for the Detroit Yacht Club
Special 40 ft. Shallow Draft Launch for Gile Boat & Engine Company, Ludington, Michigan
Power Cruiser for Gile Boat & Engine Company
Trunk Cabin Cruising Launch
Steel River Launch for Gile Boat & Engine Company 48 x 10 x 3 feet
MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN - Manitowoc Dry Dock Company
Hull No. 18, 19, or 21
Hull No. 28
Hulls No. 32 & 33
Hull No. 36
Hull No. 38
MARINE CITY, MICHIGAN - Sidney McLouth Co.
Derrick Steamer for Superior (1916)
Reconstruction plans for Hull No.
Proposed Tank Ship for carrying sand and water
Hull No. 2 (Cleveland Ship Building Company)
Proposed Patrol Boat
Proposed Patrol Boat for the Ohio Department of Agriculture
Proposed Fishing Tug
Map of Yard showing storage of Emergency Fleet Corporation Stock (2/17/1921)
150 ft. Sea-Going Wooden Tug Boat Drawing
Hull No. (none)
Unidentified Tug (no date)
MORRIS HEIGHTS, NEW YORK - Charles L. Seabury & Co.
Gasoline Motor Yacht (4/26/1918)
SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN - American Steel Barge Company
Hull No. 523
TOLEDO, OHIO - Toledo Ship Building Company
Hull No. 82
Hull No. 123
Drawings with insufficient identification:
US Dredge Maumee, US Engineer Office, Cleveland, Ohio
Proposed Steamer for the Ohio Fishing Commission (American Ship Building Company)
Poposed Passenger Ship for DBI & W Ferry Company
Yacht No. 59
Dredge, Drawing No. 6535-18 no date, no name, no builder
LILLIAN - Naptha Launch
STE. CLARE - 21 ft. Boat owned by F. H. Walker
Steamer SAMUEL MITCHELL, 1908 season