City of Cleveland 3

1908                                  City of Cleveland     3                                 1954

Steel sidewheel Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 168
Launched Jan 5, 1907

420’ LOA, 402’ LBP, 54’ beam, 22’ depth
5 decks, coal-fired boilers, inclined compound engine, 6000 IHP

Hull launched at Wyandotte yard, towed to Detroit MI yard for addition of cabins and fixtures.  Completed except for installation of carpeting and furniture and scheduled for late June commissioning when extensively damaged by fire May 13, 1907, requiring complete rebuilding of her superstructure and delaying her entry into service until spring 1908.

Enrolled at Detroit MI May 14, 1908 (#74)
390.0 x 54.2 x 22.3, 4568 GT, 2403 NT     US 204080     to:
Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI)

Entered service 1908

Renamed City of Cleveland III 1912

Boilers converted to oil firing about 1950

Severely damaged June 26, 1950 in collision with Norwegian MV Ravnefjell in fog off Harbor Beach MI, Lake Huron.  Five passengers killed.  Downbound returning from annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce cruise to Lake Michigan.  Laid up at Windsor ON and did not operate again.

Sold 1954 to Ventimiglia Demolition Co. for conversion to a barge but destroyed by fire Oct 20, 1954.

Hull scrapped 1956 at Buffalo NY

See history in Scanner March 2004 (#283)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 66

 

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