The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Christopher Columbus (Propeller), 3 Nov 1898

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      Chicago, Nov. 3.—The Goodrich Transportation Co. will make extensive alterations and improvements in several vessels of its fleet this fall and winter, and the work is about to be proceeded with in order to have them all out in good condition early next season.
      The whaleback passenger steamer CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS will be operated as the principal excursion steamer out of Chicago daily, and will be overhauled with a view to making her equal, if not superior, to the VIRGINIA for that service. A number of staterooms will be constructed on the promenade deck of this steamer and an elegant dining saloon on the shell deck, long enough to cover the space occupied by three of her turrets and the full width of the vessel. This will enable the passengers while dining to have an extended view of the lake, and those at the outboard tables will be situated as to view just as are the passengers of a railroad dining car. The present dining room in the hold will be re- decorated and fitted as a cafe and lunch room.
      These alterations and improvements will increase the capacity of the Goodrich line as much as if they had added a new boat to the fleet, without materially increasing the operating expenses. All the west shore boats except the VIRGINIA and COLUMBUS will stop at Waukegon and Kenosha. This will give two south-bound boats daily at these points and one boat north-bound. Most of the work on these vessels will be done at Manitowoc by the Goodrich company at its own works, as the machine shop at that point has lately been about doubled in size and equipment, and a new carpenter shop has been built and fitted with improved wood working machinery.
      The Marine Review
      November 3, 1898

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Christopher Columbus (Propeller), 3 Nov 1898