1889 Parks Foster 1960
Steel Great Lakes bulk and package freight vessel
Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 27
Launched July 30, 1889
274’ LOA, 262’ LBP, 38’4” beam, 23’ depth
2 decks, hatches @24’, coal-fired boilers, fore and aft compound engine, 750 IHP
Enrolled at Cleveland OH Sept 6, 1889 (Temp #12)
262.0 x 39.0 x 19.2, 1729.69 GT, 1475.42 NT US 150478 to:
Owen Line, Chicago IL, W. R. Owen, Mgr. (Parks Foster, Pres.) (home port Chicago IL)
Entered service 1889
Permanent enrollment at Chicago IL Oct 28, 1889
Sold end of 1899 season to National Steamship Co., Chicago IL, J. G. Keith & Co., Mgr.
Sold (Est. of J. G. Keith) March 27, 1916 John Prindiville & Sons, Chicago IL
Shortened 14’ to St. Lawrence Canal size (by cutting off her fantail) 1921 at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works
Remeasured to 248.0 x 39.0 x 19.2, 1640 GT, 1347 NT
Chartered to Nicholson-Universal Steamship Co., Detroit MI 1922-1928
Stranded Oct 17, 1928 at Black River near Alpena MI, Lake Huron in fog and abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss.
Sold to Reid Wrecking Co., Port Huron MI and Sarnia ON and salvaged. Towed to Ogdensburg NY, where she was repaired by St. Lawrence Marine Repair Dock Co.
Sold 1929 to Frank G. Wilson, Westmount QC (home port to Montreal QC) and renamed Superior (2)
Enrolled Canadian 255.5 x 38.2 x 19.7, 1774 GT, 1054 NT Can 154471
Sold 1930 to North West Transportation Co., Midland ON
Sold 1931 to Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Midland ON (home port to Midland ON)
Rebuilt 1932 with triple expansion engine
Sold 1938 to Northwest Steamships Ltd., Toronto ON, A. A. Hudson, Mgr.
Home port to Toronto ON 1951
Remeasured 1954 to 1801 GT, 1062 NT
Sold 1960 to Newman Structural Steel Ltd., St. Catharines ON for scrap and scrapped 1961 at Port Dalhousie ON.
See history in Scanner Midsummer 1983 (#121)