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Avalon (Propeller), U161654, 1920

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Steam Screw AVALON.* U.S. No. 161654. Of 1,958 tons gross; 1,186 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1891. Home port, Los Angeles, Cal. 264.7 x 38.3 x 22.1 Crew of 60. Passenger service. Of 2,600 Indicated horse power. Steel built.
      *Formerly Steam Screw [a] VIRGINIA, [b] U. S. S. BLUE RIDGE.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1920
Steam Screw VIRGINIA. U.S. No. 161654. Of 1,606 tons gross; 979 tons net. Built at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1891. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 269.2 x 38.3 x 12.8 Crew of 60. Steel built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1899 [steam vessels]
NOTE: I have no resource for U. S. S. BLUE RIDGE.

      The Cleveland Leader, in speaking of the fine new passenger steamer launched In that CITY on Saturday says:
In constructing the VIRGINIA speed has been the paramount object. But for her liberal amount of cabin room she might be taken for a large steam yacht built for somebody who wished to take a voyage around the world In 90 days. She has a 264-foot keel. and measures in length 277 feet over all, with 38 feet beam and 25 feet molded depth. She has twin screws and two triple expansion engines, with cylinders 20, 32 and 52 inches by 32 inch stroke; two double-ended type boilers 13 feet in diameter and 22 feet long, and made to resist 160 pounds pressure, and 12 furnaces, 40 inches in diameter. She has an air-tight fire hold, supplied with two fans for forced draught with a capacity of 30,000 cubic feet of air a minute. She has two dynamos for electric light and a separate engine for each.
The VIRGINIA is built entirely of steel. She is expected to make 22 miles an hour with forced draught. and 20 with natural draught, which will make her the most rapid boat on fresh water She has a large number of state rooms with sleeping accommodations for 300 persons. Her large dining room in the forward hold will accommodate 100 people. The room is 14 feet in height and Is to befinished In white and gold. The cabins are finished in mahogany. The VIRGINIA is Intended to run between Chicago and Milwaukee and will make the trip in four hours.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, May 5, 1891
Steam screw VIRGINIA.* U. S. No. 161654. Of 1,985 gross tons. Built Cleveland, O., 1891. 264.7 x 38.3 x 22.1
      * Renamed AVALON - U. S. -
      BLUS RIDGE - U. S. Navy.
      Herman Runge List

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Avalon (Propeller), U161654, 1920