Grecian

1891                                  Grecian                                  1906

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 40
Launched Feb 26, 1891

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 (#71)
296.2 x 40.4 x 21.1, 2348.43 GT, 1875.23 NT     US 86136     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)

Sank June 16, 1906 Lake Huron.  Struck rock June 7 five miles south of Detour MI in northern Lake Huron. Upbound with coal.  Reached dock at Detour and sank.  Raised June 9, cargo removed and patched temporarily, and left for Detroit Ship Building Co., Detroit MI for permanent repairs.  Sighted  by fellow fleet vessel Sir Henry Bessemer June 16 in sinking condition in heavy sea.  Bessemer took Grecian in tow but after two hours she filled and sank, about one hour’s tow from shallow water.  Enrollment closed June 30, 1906

See history in Detroit Marine Historian July 1974 (#196)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 207

 

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