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George N. Orr (Propeller), U86350, 11 Jun 1896

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Chicago, April 18. -- The steamer GEORGE N. ORR was launched at South Chicago yesterday afternoon. She was christened by Miss Annie Elphicke, daughter of Captain C.W. Elphicke, managing owner of the new boat. The ORR is much like the CHILI, but a little larger, being 320 feet keel, 340 over all, 43 feet beam, and 26 feet deep. She will engage in general business unless soon chartered by some of the lines for package freight.
      Toronto Mail & Empire
      April 20, 1896

      Steel Steamer GEO. N. ORR
      A picture of the steel steamer GEORGE N. ORR, recently built by the Chicago Ship Building Co. forthe C. W. Elphicke and others of Chicago, appears on this page. The photograph was taken while the steamer was passing through St. Mary's Falls canal. The ORR is a gangway steamer with a main deck and is specially fitted for rapid handling of package freight. She has four gangways on each side. The hull dimensions are: Length of keel, 326 feet; length over all, 342 feet; beam, moulded, 42 feet; depth, moulded, 26 ¼ feet; depth of water bottom, 4 ½ feet. Engines are of the triple expansion type with cylinders 9-0, 33 and 54 inches diameter by 40 inches stroke. They were built by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. There are two Scotch boilers, each 12 feet 4 inches diameter by 12 ½ feet long. Boilers were also built by the Cleveland Ship Building Co. The ORR has a Williamson steam steerer and Providence steam windlass and capstan. She also has stockless anchors and an electric lighting plant with two direct-connected 125-light dynamos, built by the Fisher Electrical Manufaturing Co. A shaft hoister 16 by 12 inches in this ship is the first engine of any kind built by the Chicago company.
      Marine Review
      June 11, 1896
Steam screw GEORGE N, ORR. U. S. No. 86350. Of 3872 gross tons; 2280 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1896. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 326.0 x 43.2 x 21.8 Of 1,200 nominal horse-power [estimated]
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1899
Steel Propeller GEORGE N. ORR. Of 2872 tons gross. Built South Chicago 1896. Owned by C. A. Trans. Co. Home port, Duluth. Value, $180,000. Class, A 1. REMARKS:-- Double boiler. Electrical Equipment, NOT APPROVED.
      The Inland Lloyds
      Vessel Register, 1900

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George N. Orr (Propeller), U86350, 11 Jun 1896