Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Corona (Steamboat), C103673, 27 Aug 1896
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The contract placed by the Niagara Navigation Co. with the Bertram Engine Works, Toronto, is for a steamer of the side wheel passenger boat type, having three decks, and only intended for day service. The steamer will be 272 feet over all, 260 feet on the water line, 32 feet beam, 59 feet 2 inches over guards and 12 feet 6 inches molded depth. The hull is to be built of steel throughout, the engines are compound condensing, of the inclined type, with cylinders 45 inches and 85 inches by 5 feet 6 inches stroke, turning paddle wheels 22 feet diameter. The boilers are six in number, of the gun-boat type, each boiler 8 feet diameter by 16 feet long, having two furnaces 37 inches diameter. There will be two fire holds, three boilers to each fire hold, and two smoke stacks. The deck arrangements and the cabins have been laid out by the designer to suit the particular business for which the steamer is built, that is to ply as a day boat between Toronto, Niagara and Lewiston (N.Y.). The designs for the steamer, submitted by the Bertram Engine Works Co. and approved by the Niagara Navigation Co., are by A. Angstrom, engineer and naval architect, the general manager of the Bertram Co. It will be remembered that Mr. Angstrom has had considerable experience with designs for the best type of steamers of this class while engaged with the Fall River Line of Boston, Mass. on designs for the magnificent steamer Puritan and Plymouth. The Bertram Co. has also contracts for two side-wheel steamers 130 feet long by 20 feet beam, for the Upper Ottawa Improvement Co., to be used for lumber towing on the Upper Ottawa river.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 18, 1895

      New Steamer of the Niagara Navigation Line is a Model of Marine Architecture.
The steamer CORONA of the Niagara Navigation Company has shown great speed in her trial trips and the officers of the line are confident that she will beat anything on the lake when she gets the kinks out of her machinery. The MODJESKA has been recognized as the fastest boat heretofore. Contary to expectations, the CORONA was not placed on the route Monday. The date now fixed for her to commence trips is tomorrow, but it may be Saturday before she is put on.
      The CORONA is conceded by all who have seen her to be the 20th century model of marine architecture. She is beautiful to look upon. The hull is constructed throughout of open hearth steel. Her plates, angles and shapes are all joined together so as to give the greatest rigidity and strength.
The dimensions of the CORONA are as follows: Length on water line 270 feet; length over all 277 feet; beam moulded 32 feet; breadth over guards 59 feet; depth moulded, at lowest given point 13 feet 6 inches. She will have a carrying capacity of nearly 2,000 passengers.
Provision has been made to have the whole of the new, modern electric light plant (1,000 lights) in full view of the public. This plant will be located on the main deck.
Nothing has been left undone to make this steamer one of the finest day steamers in the world.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, August 27, 1896

At Toronto, on Saturday last, the Bertram Engine Works Co. launched the side-wheel passenger steamer CORONA, which they are building for the Niagara Navigation Co. This vessel is of steel, and is to ply between Toronto, Niagara, Queenston and Lewiston. She was designed by Mr. A. Angstrom, who was for some time with the Cleveland Ship Building Co. This vessel is expected to be very fast. She will carry about 1,400 excursionist Her dimensions are : Length over all, 277 feet; length of keel, 270 feet; beam, moulded, 32 feet; beam, over guards, 59 feet; depth, moulded, 13 ½ feet. Engines are of the compound inclined type, with cylinders of 45 and 85 inches diameter by 66 inches stroke. Her feathering wheels are 20 feet 6 inches diameter and 9 feet 9 inches face. She will have six boilers of the gunboat type, each 8 feet diameter and 16 feet long and each having two 36-inch furnaces. Forced draft will be furnished by two 90 inch steel fans with direct connected engines.
      Marine Review
      May 28, 1896
Steam paddle wheel CORONA. Official Canada No. 103673. Of 1274 gross tons; 649 tons reg. Built Toronto, Ont., 1896. Home port, Toronto, Ont. 270.3 x 32.4 x 13.5 Owned by Niagara Navigation Co. Ltd, Toronto, Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898

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Corona (Steamboat), C103673, 27 Aug 1896