Another steel steamer, the ARTHUR ORR, now badly wrecked and in dock at the West Superior ship yard of the American Steel Barge Co., is to be; lengthened. About 48 feet will be added to the ORR. It is under stood that as a result of the visit to this country recently of Herbert Waite, representing English underwriters, a basis of settlement has been reached with the owners of the ORR, and she is to be repaired and lengthened in time for the opening of navigation next season. The dock bill in the case of this vessel will be very large, as she has been held in dock (she was so badly damaged that she could not be floated) since the close of navigation, pending the settlement with underwriters. The contract for the work of excavation for the new dry dock at the West Superior yard has been let to the Barnett & Record Co. of Minneapolis. There were eight bidders. The contract involves the excavation of 60,000 cubic yards of earth, the driving of piles and a portion of the timber work. The balance of the timber work and the placing of the machinery will be done by the barge company. The dirt from the excavation will be used for filling in the low ground surrounding the dock on the south and west. The approach to the dock will be dredged as soon as the ice will permit. According to contract Barnett & Record must have their work completed by June 1, and it is expected that the dock will be ready for use by July 1. Upon its completion the company will be able to conduct repairs upon three boats simultaneously - two in the new and one in the old dock.
Feburary 9, 1899
Everybody who has seen the rebuilt steamer ARTHUR ORR, which was wrecked on Lake Superior last fall, but soon released from the beach and repaired during the winter at the works of the Superior Ship Building Co., pronounces her a far better and stronger vessel than she was before the accident. The ORR is not so squatty in appearance since she was lengthened 47 feet. She was given a double sheer stroke, and this, with channel girders on the sides and all damaged material ripped out and made good, has greatly stiffened the vessel. The owners of the ORR, C.W. Elphicke and others of Chicago, settled with the underwriters by taking her back after abandonment at an agreed price. The work of rebuilding her involved an expenditure of probably $50,000.
June 8, 1899
Steam screw ARTHUR ORR. U. S. No. 107005. Of 2,745 tons gross; 2,117 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1893. Home port, Duluth, Minn. 334.0 x 41.3 x 21.8 Steel built. Crew of 20. Freight service. Of 800 indicated horsepower.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1918