The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Aurania (Barge), U107165, 5 Jan 1899

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With some sixteen steel vessels of different types, most of them large freight carriers, now under way, the lake ship builders, with the exception of the Detroit Dry Dock Co., have enough new work in hand to keep them busy until some time after the opening of navigation next spring. `'We have an abundance of repair work in hand," says one of the officers of the Detroit company "and we are determined not to take a contract for a new ship until we find more profit in it than is warranted by the prices accepted of late for new work. We might have had two vessels lately if we were willing to accept figures even a little higher than those at which the contracts were closed. There will be work enough to go around." It is understood that the Detroit company has assurance of a contract for one freight steamer, and probably two, from Detroit parties for whom they have already built vessels. and this is why they have upheld prices in cases where they have been called upon to meet general competition. They have the steel barge AURANIA of Cleveland at their yard awaiting repairs, and it is quite probable that she will be equipped with triple expansion engines and Scotch boilers at an expense of about $50,000. If this is done, John Corrigan of Cleveland will have a 5000-ton steamer at a total cost of $150,000. The AURANIA was a cheap vessel when built and has proven a very large carrier. The Detroit yard has about all that it can care for until spring in the repair line, as the list of extensive jobs additional to the AURANIA includes the steamers FAYETTE BROWN, SELWYN EDDY, CITY OF ROME, PRESLEY and S. R. EDWARDS.
      The Marine Review
      January 5, 1899

Supt. Calder of the Detroit Ship Building Co., who looked after the construction of engines for the steel barge AURANIA, predicts that she will prove this season the most economical freight carrier on the lakes. She is expected to maintain a uniform speed of 10 miles an hour. Mr. John Corrigan certainly has a cheap boat in a steamer of about 5,000 tons capacity that has cost him only $150,000.
      The Marine Review
      May 4, 1899

Considerable interest will attend the operation of the barge AURANIA, owned by John Corrigan of Cleveland, and which has just been transformed into a steamer by the Detroit Ship Building Co. With quite an expenditure for the strengthening of the hull of this vessel, ordered by Capt. Herriman, chief inspector of the Great Lakes Register, she will stand her owners about $170,000. It is claimed that she could be sold now for close to $225,000. Her performance will admit of some definite information being secured on the score of whether it is more economical to tow a vessel 10 mites an hour than to have her steam 10 miles an hour on power similar to that applied to the America.
      The Marine Review
      May 18, 1899

The first trip of the steel barge AURANIA since she has been fitted with machinery will probably result in considerable figuring among lake vessel owners on the subject of tows. Her owner John Corrigan of Cleveland, is greatly pleased with her performance, and it is probable that officials of the Detroit Ship Building Co. will be pleased also, as it has more than equaled their most sanguine expectations. With a cargo of only a few tons short of 5,000, and with 150 tons of fuel, the AURANIA was drawing only 16 feet 4 inches leaving Toledo, a few days ago. She made the run from Fort Gratiot to Detour, 225 miles, in 22 ½ hours, against a fresh north-east wind up Lake Huron. This assures 10 miles speed, loaded, for the vessel, and fully equals all that was expected when it was decided to equip her with machinery. With considerable strengthening of hull to secure a satisfactory insurance rating as a steel steamer, and with the full equipment of machinery added, the cost of the AURANIA to her owners is about $170,000, which is certainly a very low figure for a 5,000-ton freighter. Her triple expansion engines have cylinders of 17, 27 ½ and 47 inches diameter, with a common stroke of 36 inches and she has two Scotch boilers, 12 by 13 ½ feet, fitted with Howden hot draft.
      The Marine Review
      May 25, 1899
AURANIA. Built Aug. 28, 1895 Barge - steel
U. S. No. 107165. 3113 gt - 3113 nt 352' x 44.2 x 21.9'
Converted to bulk propeller in 1899.
      Sprunk leak and sank in Whitefish Bay, lake Superior, April 29, 1909, while smashing ice.
      Chicago Steam Boat Co. Master Shipbuilding List
      Institute for Great lakes Research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Aurania (Barge), U107165, 5 Jan 1899