Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Corona (Steamboat), U125091, 20 Apr 1897
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      New Steamers, Tugs and Scows at the Union Yard, Marine Mention,
There is great activity at the Union Dry Dock Co.'s shipyards these days. The steel package freight carrier for the Union Steamboat Company is all in frame and most of her bottom plates are on. She is to be called the STARUCCA, after one of the old boats of the Union fleet which was lost some years ago. The new STARUCCA will be almost a sister to the RAMAPO. She is 300 feet long over all, 44 feet beam and 28 feet deep. Two of her four boilers are already in her. They were built by the Lake Erie company and are each 12 feet in diameter by 11-1/2 feet in length and will carry 175 pounds of steam. The STARUCCA will have a triple expansion engine of 23, 38-1/8 and 64 diameter by 42-inch stroke. She will coat about $225,000 and will be ready for sea Sept. 1.
The Union yard is also building two steel dump scows, 200 feet long, 25 feet beam and 12 feet deep, for Dunbar & Sullivan. The scows will be used on the breakwater extension work here and will cost $16,000 each.
There is also partly in frame at the Union yards a big steel tug for the Erie Tug I.ine at Erie, Pa. She will be 87 feet long, 21 feet beam and 11-1/2 feet depth of hold. She will have a fore & aft compound engine of 16 and 32 diameter by 28-inch stroke, and a boiler 10-feet in diameter by 13-feet long. This tug will cost $23,000. A new steel hull for the canal tug J. F. BEHN is also being built at the Union yard. It will be 55-feet long, 14-feet beam and 7-feet deep. The total cost, including the replacement of engines, etc., will be $57,000.
The big barge Standard Oil Co., No. 81 recently launched, is nearing completion. Her steel hull is to be naphta-tight at 10 pounds pressure to the square inch.
The repairs to the excursion steamer CORONA, including her new boiler, will cost between $8,000 and $10,000. She gets entire new upper works. The inspectors have ripped her all to pieces and when she comes out she will be practically a new boat. She will go into service May 29.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, April 20, 1897

Steam paddle CORONA. U. S. No. 125091. Of 470 tons gross; 373 tons net. Built Manitowox, Wis., 1870. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 172.0 x 45.5 x 11.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1898

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Corona (Steamboat), U125091, 20 Apr 1897