The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Corsica (Propeller), U126474, 20 Oct 1887

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At the yard of the Globe Iron Works Co. (Cleveland) the fourth steel steamer of the season at that yard was launched at 3 o'clock today. The event, which was not marred by any accident and was witnessed by thousands of people interested in affairs maritime. The grand vessel, a masterpiece of naval architecture, took her way quietly into the old river bed and was greeted with the usual welcome from innumerable tugs by the screeching whistles, and even by the locomotives on the tracks of the railroads bordering the yard on the north. All available places were occupied by an interested audience. The hillsides where the peaceful cows are wont to graze were covered by ladies and children intent on the birth of this new factor in the commerce of the lakes, the CORSICA. 'Tis a historic name, but it does not end with "ia" as our daily contemporaries would have us believe, in order to make
their readers think that they had gained some "too previous" pointers. The launches at the Globe Shipbuilding yard, may it be understood, always occur on time under the direction of
Superintendent Smith, and those who desire to be present but who allow themselves a latitude of half an hour are always disappointed.
The steamer CORSICA, built for the Mutual Transportation Co., Captain George P.McKay, manager, is one of the best modeled boats on our lakes, and with the exception of the OSWEGO, not yet in service, the largest. The success that the steamer CAMBRIA, Captain Wm.Cummings; engineer H.F. McGinniss, has attained, has induced the Cleveland Transit Co. to offer for sale all of the vessels belonging to that line with the purpose of putting afloat, under the name of the Mutual Transit Co., as many steel steamers as can be built by the Globe Co. next season.
The CORSICA is a steamer of beautiful nodel, with a finer stern than the CAMBRIA. She is 312 feet overall, 292 feet keel, 40 feet beam, 24 foot depth, with carrying capacity of 2,800 tons.
In almost every respect the CORSICA is a duplicate of the CAMBRIA. She will however, carry four spars for hoisting purposes, and the houses for the crew will be on deck. The new steamboat has not yet received her machinery and boilers, but as she does not intend to go into commission this season everything will be put up in the best manner. Her iron boiler house will be built by Mr.Smith at the Globe Iron Works Co,'s yard. The plumbing and fitting have not yet been contracted for.
She has a Providence steam windlass and capstan aft, from the Americar Ship Windlass Co., and Globe steam steerer, although Messrs Grover & Son will furnish the outfit. The carpenter and joiner work and cabins have been done by Mr. Parker in his usual workmanlike manner.
The machinery is triple expansion, the high pressure cylinder being 24 inches, the intermediate pressure 38 inches, and the low pressure 61 inches, with a stroke of 42 inches, showing anindicated horse power of 1,200. The two boilers are each 12 and a half feet long and 14 feet diameter, allowed 160 pounds of steam. Engines and boilers built by the Globe Iron Works Co. The wheel is 14 feet in diameter and 16 feet pitch.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 20, 1887 p. 1

Steam screw CORSICA. U. S. No. 126474. Of 2,364 tons gross; 1,786 tons net. Built Cleveland, Ohio, 1888. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 299.5 x 40.8 x 21.0 Crew of 21. Of 1,200 indicated horsepower. Iron built.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904
NOTE:-- Despite the fact that in the above article the CORSICA is stated as a steel steamer, the Merchant Vessel List of 1904 and 1906 declare her to be built of iron.

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Corsica (Propeller), U126474, 20 Oct 1887