The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Australia (Barge), U30094, 26 Dec 1901

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      Chicago, Dec. 24.—The Ship Owners Dry Dock Co. of this city, of which Mr. C.A. MacDonald is president, has closed a contract with James Corrigan of Cleveland to change the large steel schooner AUSTRALIA to a propeller. The AUSTRALIA is 376 ft. long, 48.2 ft. beam by 22.4 ft. depth and was built by the Chicago Ship Building Co. in 1897. Work on this vessel will be watched with interest by marine men as this is the first large contract of a steel work kind booked by the Ship Owners company for their works in this city.
Engines to be installed in the AUSTRALIA will have cylinders of 20 33 ½ and 55 in. diameter and l 2 in stroke, to be supplied with steam from two Scotch boilers of 12 ½ ft. diameter and 12 ft. length.
      Marine Review
      December 26, 1901

      The towbarge AUSTRALIA will appear as a steamer on the opening of navigation. She is receiving the machinery taken out of the AURORA after the latters partial destruction by fire.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, March 22, 1900
      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, 26 Dec 1901