Akeley, H. C.

1881                                    H. C. Akeley                             1883

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Grand Haven MI by Mechanics Dry Dock Co.
Launched April 26, 1881

2 decks, coal-fired boilers, engine,

Enrolled at Grand Haven MI May 20, 1881 (#135)
231.6 x 35.1 x 18.7, 1187.25 tons (794 NT 1882)     US 95639     to:
G. W. Kerby,

Entered service 1881

Foundered Nov 13, 1883  15 miles off Holland MI, Lake Michigan.  Enroute from Chicago IL to Buffalo NY with cargo of corn.  Picked up disabled tug Protection off Saugatuck MI.  Cargo of steamer shifted.  Set sail, which was blown away.  Steering gear broke in the trough of the sea.  The tug cut her tow line and left.  Steamer set both anchors and foundered.  Six lives lost including her captain.  Eighteen saved by the yawl from schooner Driver.  Enrollment surrendered Nov 21, 1888.






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