The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Lora (Propeller), U140537, 1 May 1882

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      A Fine Staunch Craft She Is.
The hull of Graham & Norton's new propeller LORA, built expressly for passenger and freight traffic between Chicago and the east shore, arrived here yesterday in tow of the propeller MESSENGER, to have her boiler put in position, there being no "shears" at St. Joseph. The boiler was brought here on the steambarge DOUGLAS, and the work of getting it into place on the new craft was in progress yesterday afternoon at the "shears" in Lighthouse Slip. This done, the LORA will be towed back to St. Joseph to receive her engine, etc., and her upper works completed.
      Jacob H. Randall superintended the building of the new craft, and she reflects credit on him. She has very fine lines, and is as strong as wood and iron can make her. The dimensions are as follows:--
      Length of keel, feet - - - - - - - 156
      Length on deck, feet - - - - - - - 167
      Extreme breadth feet - - - - - 13 ½
      Depth of hold, feet - - - - - - - - 11
      Burden, tons - - - - - - - - - - - - 600
      The machinery was built by Brice, Bloecker & Co., of Grand Haven. The boiler is of steel, 8½ x 16 feet, and at full capacity is equal to 568 horse power. It stands a test of 100 pounds steam pressure. The engine has a single crank, link motion, with slide valve and independent cut-off. It has steel cross-head, wrought-iron slides, and has a column frame, well braced forward and aft, and is seven feet square on the base. The wheel was made by Farrar & Trefts, of Buffalo, and is nine feet eight inches in diameter.
      The LORA will have full-length cabins. Her main cabin will be 12 x 135 feet, with 48 state rooms. The main stairway will be aft, leading to a beautiful alcove with large curved plate glass windows. This alcove forms an entrance to the cabin forward there will be a gentlemen's smoking-room, furnished also with a plate glass front, and fitted up in elegant style. The cabin and staterooms are to be trimmed with black walnut in rich design. The furnishings throughout will be luxuriant. The decorative artists are Messrs. Kelly & Rowley, and they expect to use nearly three tons of paint in the craft's interior and exterior adornment.
      Complete, the LORA will have cost $60,000, and she will prove a most valuable acquisition to our Lake Michigan fleets. captain Bartlett, formerly of the MESSENGER, is fitting her out, and will have command.
      The J.W. Hall Great lakes Marine Scrapbook, May, 1882

Steam screw LORA. U. S. No. 140537. Of 516.69 tons gross; 466.69 tons net. Built Benton Harbor, Mich., 1882. Home port, St. Joseph. 161.0 x 32.0 x 17.7. Of 400 nominal horse-power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Lora (Propeller), U140537, 1 May 1882