(1883) 1884 Alberta 1945 (1947)
Steel package freight and overnight passenger vessel
Built at Glasgow, Scotland by Chas. Connell & Co., Hull 136
Launched July 12, 1883
270’ LOA, 255’ LBP, 38’ beam, 24’6” depth
2 decks, coal-fired boilers, fore and aft compound engine, 1225 IHP
British registry 263.5 x 38.2 x 23.3, 1779 GT, 1155 NT Br 85765 to:
Canadian Pacific Railway Co., Montreal QC (home port probably Glasgow, Scotland)
Cleared Glasgow, Scotland Sept 10, 1883 with coal for Montreal QC Arrived Montreal Oct 8, 1883
Cut in two at Montreal QC by Cantin Shipyard and towed to Buffalo NY, where she was rejoined by Union Dry Dock Co.
Wintered at Port Colborne ON, where permanent cabins were installed
Arrived Owen Sound Ont. May 11, 1884 and cleared Owen Sound May 13 on maiden voyage to Port Arthur ON.
Enrollment transferred to Canada before 1887 Can 85765 (home port to Montreal QC)
Remeasured about 1892 to 2282 GT, 1552 NT
Lengthened 1911 at Collingwood Ont. by Collingwood Shipbuilding Co.
Remeasured to 309.7 x 38.2 x 23.3, 2829 GT, 2377 NT
Repowered 1913 with another compound engine at Port Arthur ON by Western Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co.
Reduced 1916 to freight only service
Withdrawn from service after 1943 season and laid up at Port McNicoll ON
Sold Dec 1945 to American Machinery Co., Jacksonville FL for unknown off-Lakes service. Towed to Chicago IL to await tow down Illinois Waterway to Gulf of Mexico. Deal fell through and vessel scrapped 1947 at Indiana Harbor IN by Inland Steel Co.
See history in Scanner Feb 1974 (#37)