The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wallula (Propeller), U80897, 1 May 1882

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      Arrival Yesterday of the WALLULLA.
The new steamship WALLULLA arrived in Chicago yesterday, coal loaded. Though a monster craft, of the very first class, and brand new, she attracted little more than passing notice, so common are these grand craft in our harbor. The rating of the WALLULLA is " A 1*," and upon inspection she is found to deserve all of it, for no better built, better equipped, better arranged craft floats on the lakes. Her engines are beauties and gives her great power. The latest improvements are found in everything on and about her. The dimensions of the hull are as follows: -- Length over all, feet - - - - 275
      Breadth of beam, feet - - - 39½
      Depth of hold, feet - - - - - 22½
She is double-decked and has cabins fore and aft. There are four masts, schooner rigged.
      The keel is sided 14 inches and molded 10 inches. The main keelsons are 10 x 16 inches; assistant keelsons 14 x 16; rider, 14 x 14; floor keelsons, 10 x 14; bilge, 9, 8, 7 inches. The ceiling to the lower deck is 6 inches; in the waist between the gangways 2 and 3 inches, and above the gangways 8 inches. The frames are molded 17 inches at the center, 14 inches at the bilge and 7 inches at the top. They are placed 23 inches between centers. The lower deck beams are 10 x 10 and the upper 7 x 7 inches. The planking is -- Garboard streaks, 6 inches; bottom 5 inches; bilge 3 inches; streaks 6 inches; from the bilge to the gangways, 5 inches; from the bottom to the top of the gangways, 4 inches; above the gangways, 8 inches. The hull is diagonally iron strapped. She has an inner and an outer arch running 220 feet. The outer one 10 x 7 eighth inches, and the inside one 15 x 7 eighth inches.
The Globe Iron Works furnished the machinery. She has fore and aft compound engines. The high pressure is 30 inches and the low pressure 56 inches, the stroke is 48 inches. She has two steel boilers 8 feet 8 inches in diameter and 17 feet long. The wheel is 11 feet 10 inches in diameter, with a 14 feet lead. The outboard shaft is 10½ inches. She has an iron boiler house, iron beams, and pans under the boiler. There is also a patent cover on the boiler.
      Captain John Lowe is in command of the new steamship, with Thomas Kelly first engineer, and Joshua Wood second.
      All Honor to the WALLULLA, even if she is named after the sound of the tug O.B. GREEN's Modoc whistle. Thomas Quayle's sons reflected credit upon themselves by building her, and Captain Thomas Wilson is proud to owe her. She cost about $130,000.
      The J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, May/June, 1882


Steam screw WALLULA. U. S. No. 80897. Of 1924.34 gross tons; 145.17 net tons. Built Cleveland, O., 1882. Home port, Cleveland. 260.0 x 39.0 x 21.0. Of 1,850 nominal horse power
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Wallula (Propeller), U80897, 1 May 1882