Owego (Propeller), 31 Dec 1891
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A supplemental engraving of the Union Steamboat Company's steamer CHEMUNG is presented with this issue of the Marine Review The engraving is also a likeness of the steamer OWEGO of the same line, as the boats are duplicates in every respect, but it was reproduced from an elegant painting of the CHEMUNG made by H.T. Koerner of Buffalo. These powerful freight steamers, running between Chicago and Buffalo in connection with the Erie railway need little introduction, as they are already well known in the lake marine. The OWEGO has a record between Chicago and Buffalo, of which the sailing distance is 892 miles, of 54 hours and 15 minutes, or an average of 16.44 miles an hour. The boats are operated with a regularity almost equal to a railway schedule in time. During the season of 1890 the OWEGO made twenty-five round trips between Chicago and Buffalo and the CHEMUNG twenty-four and a half. Ten years ago, five trips for a steamer on the same route was considered fair work.
These boats were built by the Union Dry Dock Company of Buffalo. They are of steel with the usual double bottom for water ballast and their dimensions are:
Length over all 350 feet, 7 inches.
Length of Keel 324 feet, 10 inches.
Extreme beam 41 feet, 2 inches.
Molded depth 25 feet, 6 inches.
The engines for a single screw are triple expansion with cylinders 28, 42 +, and 72 inches in diameter by 54 inches stroke and indicating 2,600 horse power. Steam is supplied by six boilers, each 11feet 6 inches diameter by 11 feet 6 inches long. The machinery is supplied with all modern attachments, including the O'Connell greaser, manufactured by O'Connell & Cahill of Manistee, Mich.
The chief officers of the CHEMUNG are Capt. W. Robinson and Engineer Henry C. Jordan, and of the OWEGO Capt. John Byrne and Engineer Fred. Rebbaum.
The Marine Review
December 31, 1891
OWEGO.* Built 1888 Package Freight Prop. -Steel
U. S. No. 155153 2611 gt -1940 nt 325.7' x 41.2' x 13.7'
Cut in half and taken to Coast in 1915.
* Renamed (b) YIN TUNG -China -1923
(c) TING ON -China -1927
(d) VOO YANG -China -
Reportedly sank in 1944.
Buffalo, Union Dry Dock Co., Shipbuilding Master List
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