The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Virginia (Propeller), U161654, 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 twin-screw steamer VIRGINIA will have her present main saloon skylight removed and replaced by a new and more modern one of less height and more artistic. On top of the skylight and securely fastened with through bolts to cabin deck will be erected thirty-six large staterooms, to be entered from central hallways and their windows all on the outboard side. The pilot house and captain's room will be moved forward a distance of about 45 feet, to allow for part of upper tier of rooms. The present dining saloon in the forward hold will be removed, and also the cafe on main deck, to make room for freight, as it is the intention to make the VIRGINIA the night boat out of Chicago. returning from Milwaukee the following morning, The bar and smoking room on main deck forward will be enlarged and improved as to light and ventilation. With two additional staterooms on the cabin deck added to those above referred to, the increase will be thirty-eight rooms, or seventy-eight additional berths. The passengers will dine in forward saloon on the cabin deck; a large serving room abaft it will be built on fore end of cabin trunk. The crews' quarters and accommodations generally throughout the vessel will be rearranged to suit the exigencies of the new service.
      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

Steam screw VIRGINIA. U. S. No. 161654. Of 1,606.66 tons gross; 979.68 tons net. Built Cleveland, O., 1891. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 269.2 x 38.3 x 12.8
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1895

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Virginia (Propeller), U161654, 3 Nov 1898