1891                                  Briton                                  1929

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 39
Launched Dec 30, 1890

312’6” LOA, 296’ LBP, 40’ beam, 24’6” depth
2 decks, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH March 31, 1891 (#72)
296.2 x 40.4 x 21.1, 2348.43 GT, 1875.23 NT     US 3493     to:
Menominee Transit Co., Cleveland OH, M. A. Hanna & Co., Mgr. (home port Rockport OH)
Fleet founded by Ferdinand Schlesinger et al.  Controlled by Elbert H. Gary’s Federal Steel Co. 1899-1901

Entered service 1891

Fleet merged spring 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Sold 1914 to Ernest A. Woodward, Winnipeg Man., Chester A. Massey, Superior WI, Mgr.

Transferred 1916 to Briton Steamship Co.

Sold 1917 for off-Lakes service during World War I.  Cut in two at Buffalo NY by Buffalo Dry Dock Co. and towed to Montreal P.Q., where she was rejoined by Canadian Vickers Ltd.
Remeasured at New York NY to 2434 GT, 1802 NT

Sold June 10, 1923 to Buckeye Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Hutchinson & Co., Mgr.  Recut at Montreal QC by Canadian Vickers Ltd. and towed to Ashtabula OH, where she was rejoined by Great Lakes Engineering Works

Stranded Nov 13, 1929 on Point Abino, Lake Erie in heavy fog.  No lives lost.  The Point Abino Light was not operating.  Vessel was broken up by storms before salvage was possible.

See history in Scanner Dec 2007 (#310)




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