Hackett, R. J.

1870                                  R. J. Hackett                                          1905

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Peck & Masters
Launched late 1769
First vessel specifically designed to carry iron ore;  first vessel with hatches at 24-foot centers

225’ LOA, 211’ LBP, 32’ beam, 20’5” depth
1 deck, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, high pressure engine, 475 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI March 31, 1870 (#6)
208.1 x 32.5 x 12.6, 748.66 tons     US 21934     to:
Northwestern Transportation Co., Detroit MI, Robert J. Hackett, Secy (home port Detroit MI)

Entered servicd 1870

In 1870 made the first experiment towing a schooner in the iron ore trade, towing the schooner barge Forest City.  The experiment was very successful.

Rebuilt 1881 to 2 decks
Remeasured to 211.2 x 32.5 x 19.2, 1129.22 tons (921.76 NT 1882)

Repowered 1883 with steeple compound engine

Transferred 1892 to Vulcan Transportation Co., Detroit MI

Burned Nov 12, 1905 at Whaleback Shoal, about 10 miles from Cedar River, Green Bay.  Enroute to Marinette WI with cargo of coal, caught fire on Green Bay and was beached.  No lives lost.  Enrollment surrendered Nov 15, 1905.








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