Mutual Line Steamer CORALIA.
Five minutes before the big Mutual line steamer was launched in Cleveland, Saturday, Messrs. Pankhurst and Allen of the Globe company decided, upon suggestion from Miss. Lillian Hanna, to name her CORALIA. This is in accordance with the scheme of having the names of all vessels of this line begin with a C and end with an A - as CAMBRIA, CORSICA and CORONA. The name honors Mrs. L. C. Hanna, wife of the president of the company, whose given name is Corelie. The letter E occurring twice in Mrs. Hanna's name is in both cases changed to A to make a name for the ship, and at the same time the system of names for this line is maintained. Miss Lillian Hanna, sister of M.A., H.M. and L. C. Hanna, all of whom are interested in the Globe company and the Mutual and Menominee lines, christened the steamer. The launch was in every way successful. Capt. Wm. Cumming will sail the CORALIA and Andrew Haig will be chief engineer.
This new ship is the largest craft now afloat on the lakes. She is 432 feet over all, 412 feet keel, 48 feet beam and 28 feet moulded depth. None of the big ships to come out in the spring will be of greater dimensions. Two of the Rockefeller steamers, under construction at the some yard, are to be of the same dimensions. It may be that something larger will be built for 1897, but the CORALIA will be at the head of next season's big fleet. At 14 feet 6 inches draft she is expected to carry 4,180 net tons; at 16 feet, 4,990 tons; at 17 feet, 5,539 tons; and at 19 feet, if such a draft is ever secured in lake channels, she is expected to carry 6,680 tons.
M.A. Hanna & Co., of Cleveland, who manage the affairs of the Mutual Transportation Co., to which the CORALIA belongs, are among the leading miners and shippers of Lake Superior ore. They control docks at Ashtabula, and they are making arrangements at that port to unload this vessel in a single day. They are also making arrangements for 17 feet draft into Ashtabula next season and up to their docks. If they succeed in carrying out these plans, this steamer will carry some very large ore cargoes from Escanaba, as it is expected that with any improvement in water levels next season the completion of the several sections of the 20-foot channel between Lakes Huron and Erie will afford 17 feet draft in the rivers.
The CORALIA is built much stronger than most large vessels in the ore trade. Her construction is in accordance with what is known as the web-frame cellular bottom system. She has a 5-foot water bottom, the outer ballast capacity of which is about 2,200 tons. Twelve big hatches, spaced 24-foot centers, are intended to permit of her being unloaded in a day. Deck houses will be built in accordance with the practice usually followed in providing for crews on ore carrying vessels, but the captain's quarters, extra state rooms, etc, will be elegantly furnished in hard wood. As the pilot house and other forward quarters are to be astern of the hatches nearest the bow, the open appearance of the long stretch of deck amidship that might be looked for in such a lengthy ship, will be partly overcome.
Her triple expansion engines have cylinders of 24, 39 and 63 inches diameter and the stroke is 42 inches. Boilers will be four in number, each 10 feet diameter and 11 feet 8 inches long, allowed 160 pounds working steam pressure to the square inch. The total heating surface is 4,336 square feet and the grate surface 160 square feet.
February 27, 1896
The tonnage of the mutual line steamer CORALIA, recently built by the Globe Iron Works Co., Cleveland, and which will leave Saturday on her first trip for ore from Escanaba, is 4,330.82 tons gross and 3,351.43 net. Her official number 127,129. The CORALIA will very probably take a big cargo of ore out of Escanaba for Ashtabula, as she is 432 feet over all.
April 23, 1896