The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Porto Rico (Propeller), U150836, 19 Oct 1899

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The Craig Ship Building Co. of Toledo, O., has just launched its seventy-sixth vessel, the PORTO RICO, building for Miller, Bull & Knowlton of New York city, for whom the Craigs recently built the steamer MAE. The new vessel, like her predecessor from the Toledo yard will be employed in the Porto Rico service although the boat now building will be employed almost exclusively in the coasting service around the island, distributing the passengers and freight brought from New York by the steamers PONCE and SAN JUAN, which are also in the service of Miller, Bull & Knowlton. The PORTO RICO is 220 feet in length, 32 feet beam, and 21 feet depth, while the MAE, first vessel built at Toledo for the New York firm, is 263 feet in length, 12 feet beam and 25 feet draught, being of 2,000 gross or 1,200 net tons burden. The PORTO RICO will carry both passengers and freight, having accommodations for twenty-four first-class thirty-six second-class and 150 steerage passengers. She is fitted with triple expansion engines that have cylinders of 18, 27 and 45 inches diameter and 30 inches stroke. Steam is supplied from two boilers, each 11 by 11 ½ feet, and capable of a working pressure of 175 pounds. It is estimated that the PORTO RICO will maintain a speed of 15 knots. She will leave for the coast via the St. Lawrence route in a short time but she will not shoot the rapids as did the MAE, as it is expected she will make use of the recently completed Soulanges canal. The PORTO RICO was launched with engines and boilers in place.
      Marine review
      October 19, 1899
Steam screw PORTO RICO.* U. S. No. 150836. Of 1257 tons gross. Built Toledo, Ohio, 1899. 220.2 x 32.0 x 19.3
      * Renamed NICARAGUAN - French - 1920
      ARISTIDES - Greek - 1924
      DANAE - Greek - 1927
      Herman Runge List

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Porto Rico (Propeller), U150836, 19 Oct 1899