The finest passenger steamer on the lakesis to be launched in a few days at Cleveland. She is to be named the VIRGINIA, and is owned by the Goodrich Company. The cost is said to be upwards of $3000,000.
April 25, 1891
Cleveland, May 2 - The steel passenger stm. VIRGINIA, building for the Goodrich Transportation Co., of Chicago, was successfully launched at the Globe Iron Works Co.'s yard this afternoon. The new boat is designed expressly for the passenger trade and when completed will be the finest of the kind on the lakes.
Detroit Free Press
May 3, 1891
THE BEST ON THE LAKES.
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.
Tuesday, May 5, 1891
Twin-Screw Passenger Steamer VIRGINIA in Service.
Goodrich is a name that has been closely identified with Lake Michigan passenger business from its early days to the time of its present growth, and if the present policy of the Goodrich company is continued, the name bids fair to continue its close relations with that business for many years to come. Now that the VIRGINIA, the company's latest acquisition, built by The Globe Iron Works Company, Cleveland, has been in service almost a month, an account of what she is doing will be read with interest. Genuine compliments were paid the VIRGINIA by a designing architect who has a reputation second to none on the lakes. That her twin triple engines worked like a chronometer, was the opinion of a mechanical engineer. That her furnishings and appointments are richer and more beautiful and comfortable than any passenger steamer on the lakes and equal in elegance to the transatlantic liners is the verdict of the 10,000 persons that have taken passage on the VIRGINIA during the twenty days she has been in service. Fully 10,000 more who have visited the docks on reception days concur in the same opinion. The VIRGINIA was not contracted by The Globe Iron Works Company to make 18 miles all hour, but without the usual time for machinery to get in smooth running order she is making 18 ½ miles an hour on the 83 mile run from Chicago to Milwaukee, an hour being required to go into Racine, take on passengers and get out on her course again. Every morning except Sunday she takes from 200 to 300 passengers out of Chicago and takes on from 200 to 300 at Racine, landing from Soo to 600 passengers at Milwaukee. Consider that sixteen passenger trains run between Chicago and Milwaukee daily and then conclude that the VIRGINIA possesses a peculiar magnetism for the traveling public.
The dimensions and description of hull, twin screws, two triple engines, etc. have been given in the Review but by presenting the accompanying supplement and the illustrations, showing. the steamship on the stocks ready to launch from the yard of the Globe Iron Works Company, and two interior views, a clearer idea of the boat is given than could be obtained from many columns of reading matter. For the benefit of those who cannot visit the VIRGINIA it is suggested that they imagine the effect in the main saloon, carpeted with moquette in shades of blue, olive green and salmon, old gold plush covered furniture, polished mahogany wood work, paneled with lincrusta walton in cream color. Think of retiring in a state room on a mahogany bed screened by blue and yellow madras curtains, with velvet rugs strewn around the floor. Even more elegant are the eight large staterooms with Pullman berths amidships, carpeted with maroon moquette and hung in- old gold plush and silk. The ceiling of the dining room, which is 55 feet long, 24 feet wide and 14 feet high, consists of lincrusta walton panels, each panel having an electric light pendant from the center. In addition to these lights four electroliers hang through the center. A screen of stained glass conceals the de deadlights and behind each screen is an electric light, making a beautiful and unique effect. The finishing is in ivory and old gold.
The interest attracted by the VIRGINIA should not detract attention from the other steamers in the Goodrich line. She is only the flag ship of a million dollar fleet, three of which, the ATLANTA, INDIANA, and CITY OF RACINE, are practically new, having been added to the fleet during the last three years. The Goodrich Transportation Company steamers furnish a passenger service for Lake Michigan that is unequaled by any other company on the chain of lakes and the VIRGINIA is an evidence that they think nothing that money can buy is too good for those who travel on their steamers.
The Marine Review
August 6, 1891
Steam screw VIRGINIA. U. S. No. 161654. Of 1,606.66 tons gross; 979.68 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1891. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 269.2 x 38.3 x 12.8
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895