Ships of John Gregory
Chicago Tribune, July 31, 1880
A NEW DRY-DOCK TO BE BUILT.
Some time since THE TRIBUNE announced that Mr. Orville Olcott was making preparations to construct a large new dry-dock on the North Branch, just below the dry-docks and shipyard of Miller Brothers. Mr. Olcott’s arrangements are so far completed that details of the enterprise can safely be given. The new dock will be situated on Lots 8, 9, and 10, Block 98, Elston’s Addition, or at the entrance to the Ogden Canal on the North Branch. It is to be 300 feet long, sixty-four feet wide at the top, and forty-two feet at the bottom, with a floating depth of twelve feet over the blocks. The pumping machinery will consist of two fifteen-inch centrifugal pumps of the celebrated White, Clark & Co., Baldwinsville, N. Y., make. Their lifting capacity will be 32,000 gallons per minute, and as the capacity of the dock is estimated at 1,500,000 gallons it will readily be seen that the pumnping-out process cannot fail to meet expectations. The pumps are to be operated by an engine of 150-horse power.
A decided advantage that this dock will possess over any others in the city is the control of 500 feet of river front, where a vessel can lie and undergo topside repairs without moving. This is a necessity that has long been felt. The firm engaged in the enterprise will be styled Olcott, Hannahs & Co. The dock is to be known as “Olcott’s Marine Dry-Dock.” Mr. Orville Orcott will act as agent, and the services of John Gregory, the well known marine architect, have been secured as master mechanic. The contract for dredging the slip that is to be converted into a dry-dock has been secured by Harry Fox & Co., who propose to begin work either to-day or on Monday. The estimated cost of the improvement, complete, is $25,000, and is to be completed by the 1st of October.
Orville’s Marine Dry-Dock
Block 98, Lots 8, 9, and 10
Robinson Fire Map
Chicago Tribune, September 15, 1880
THE NEW OLCOTT DRY-DOCK
The dredging for Olcott’s new marine dry-dock was completed yesterday by Harry Fox & Co. The next work will be to place a coffer-dam at the head of the huge ditch and pump the water out so that pile-driving and sheathing may be carried on. The new dock will hardly be ready before the 1st of December. It will be the most eligible in the city, as the location is such that vessels can be run directly into it from below, without the necessity of winding. The boiler is already on the ground and pumps are well under way.
Chicago Tribune, October 25, 1880
Work on Olcott’s new marine dry-dock at the lower end of Goose Island is making satisfactory progress. The dry-dock basin is being floored and lined, and the boiler engine, and centrifugal pumps are already on the ground. The dock will be ready for use by the 15th of December.
Miller Brothers Shipyard and Dry-Dock
North Branch of Chicago River
North Branch of Chicago River
Chicago Tribune, April 14, 1881
OLCOTT’S MARINE DRY DOCK
Work upon the new dry-dock of Olcott, Hannaha & Co., Goose Island, is now so nearly completed that arrangements are being made to dock the schooner R. B. Hayes (US 110338) at once.Yesterday afternoon a dredge began removing the coffer-dam, with the view of letting the vessel by Saturday. The dock will be under the management of Mr. Orville Orcott, as agent, and known as Olcott’s Marine Dry-Dock. The dry-dock is 300 feet long, sixty-four feet wide at the top and forty-two feet at the bottom, and has a depth of twelve feet of water over the blocks. To free it of water two fifteen-inch centrifugal pumps, capable of discharging 32,000 gallons of water per minute, are employed. These pumps are driven by an engine at 150-horse-power. The boiler and smokestack attached are those formerly in use of the old side-wheel steamer Huron, which laid the foundation of Capt. A. E. Goodrich’s present princely fortune, she having been the first steamer ever owned by him. Although second-hand and old, it is still serviceable. The engine also is not a new one. Connected with the dry-dock are 500 feet of river front, at which vessels can tie while undergoing topside repairs. Thus is supplied a need that has long been felt in connection with Chicago ship-yards and dry-docks. The new dry-dock and ship-yard are situated at the lower end of the Goose Island tract, between the Ogden Canal and the North Branch. Vessels can be run into the dry-dock by the tugs towing them, which is also an advantageous arrangement because of the amount of time and labor saved thereby. The cost of the new dock with its machinery will not fall much short of $30,000. The large schooner Rutherford B. Hays is the first vessel booked to occupy it.
Rutherford B. Hayes
US No. 110338
Launched Detroit, MI, October, 1877
Sank Near Racine, WI, April, 1893
Chicago Tribune, April 19, 1881
A DRY DOCK CAVED IN
Early yesterday morning workmen employed upon Olcott’s new marine dry-dock discovered that the pressure against the Ogden Canal bank portion of it had caused a serious leak, and that there was imminent danger of a caving in of not less than 100 feet of that side of the dock. They therefore promptly and very wisely opened the gate-valves and allowed the dry-dock to fill with water. Workmen are now engaged in an effort to locate the leak and discover the full extent of the damage, Mr. Olcott does not anticipate a delay over two or three days in making needed repairs, but but knowing ones intimate that fully two or three weeks’ time will be necessary to complete the work. The visit of the schooner Hayes to the dock is postponed indefinitely by the misfortune, and may have to be taken elsewhere in order to complete her repairs by the opening of navigation through the lakes.
The Inter Ocean, May 18, 1881
A NEW DRY DOCK
OLCOTT, HANNAHS & CO.
Another monster dry dock in Chicago was completed yesterday. It is in the North Branch just east of the Miller Brothers’ shipyard, and the proprietors are Olcott, Hannahs & Co. There is a shipyard in connection, of course. Mr. Olcott is an old shipbuilder and dry-dock proprietor in Chicago, and needs no introduction. Mr. Hannahs comes from South Haven, but is also well known here and elsewhere on the lakes. The new dock is 303 feet long, 44 feet wide at the bottom and 67 feet on the top, and can take in a vessel that draws 12 feet of water. The lot and dock cost $50,000.