The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Amazon (Barge), U30089, 5 Jun 1897

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The big steel schooner AMAZON, the largest sailing or towing vessel on the lakes, will be launched at the yards of the Chicago S. B. Co., on the Calumet, Saturday, May 29.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Thursday, May 20, 1897

Miss Ida May Corrigan on Saturday morning christened the big schooner AMAZON as she slid down the ways into the Calumet River.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, June 7, 1897

      The new steel barge AMAZON is not such an immense affair to look at, as the absence of machinery accounts largely for her carrying capacity. She is very neat in appearance, carries three short spars, and has all the modern appliances, including domkey engine, steam steering gear, etc.
      She is 389 feet over all; 367 feet keel, forty-six feet beam, and twenty-six and one-half feet molded depth. Her figure is trim in all respects, and her pilot house forward and her cabin aft are about all that shows above deck, and she is without rail or other appliances to hide her deck. Built rather full forward and considerably cut away aft, she tows easily and will not hold the BULGARIA back, as many a smaller boat would.
      She was built in Chicago in a single month, and was launched on June 5. So nearly was she finished on the day of the launch, that she blew the whistle of her pony engine as she went into the water. She began to take her load of corn almost at once. She is commanded by Capt. Samuel E. Lewis, who has done good service in the Standard Oil and Bessemer boats of late.
      The AMAZON is to some extent an experiment. It is found that most of the big steel steamer are expensive. They burn whole mines of coal and they carry great crews. At the present rate of freights they cannot stand these fixed charges and make any money, so the big steel barge was evolved. The boat will carry a crew of six or eight men, and they will be charged only with the extra time and coal that the steamer towing them consumes.
      Milwaukee Library Scrapbook
      June 19, 1897

      Another steel tow barge, the AUSTRALIA, building at South Chicago for James Corrigan of Cleveland, was launched: on Saturday last. In all dimensions but beam the AUSTRALIA is a duplicate of the AMAZON, launched fro from the same yards last spring, but the former is 2 feet wider and will be a correspondingly larger carrier. The AMAZON now holds the record for large cargoes on the lakes. The dimensions of the hull are: Length over all, :388 feet, keel, 376 feet, beam, 48 feet, depth 26 feet. There are twelve cargo hatches. The new vessel will carry about 6,500 net tons on 17 feet draft.
      The Marine Review
      December 2, 1897
      Barge AMAZON. U. S. No. 30089. Of 3599 gross tons; 3331 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1897. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. Crew of 8.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1906

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Amazon (Barge), U30089, 5 Jun 1897