The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Australia (Barge), U30094, 2 Dec 1897

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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 AUSTRALIA. U. S. No. 30094. Of 3745 gross tons; 3467 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1897. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio. 376.0 x 48.2 x 22.4
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899

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Australia (Barge), U30094, 2 Dec 1897