Joliet 1

1890                                  Joliet         1                                  1911

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Cleveland Ship Building Co., Hull 7
Launched Feb 20, 1890

284’ LOA, 266’ LBP, 38’ beam, 23’ depth
2 decks, hold beams, 7 hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 900 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH April 19, 1890 (Temp #95)
266.0 x 38.2 x 19.8, 1921.83 GT, 1596.63 NT     US 76873        to:
Lake Superior Iron Co., Ishpeming MI (home port Ishpeming MI)

Entered service 1890

Permanent enrollment at Marquette MI May 12, 1890 (#38)

Fleet sold 1900 to Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN (home port to Duluth MN)
(This fleet was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie to compete with John D. Rockefeller’s Bessemer Steamship Co.  When the United States Steel Corporation was founded in early 1901, the 99 vessels in five other fleets joined the thirteen vessels then in this fleet to become  the ore-carrying arm of the Corporation, at 112 vessels the largest fleet on the Great Lakes.)

Remeasured 1901 to 1935 GT (master’s cabin and crew space added above deck;  no increase in net tons)

Sunk Sept 22, 1911 in collision with steamer Henry Phipps off Port Huron MI, St. Clair River.  Rammed while at anchor in fog.  No lives lost.  Enrollment surrendered Jan 9, 1912.  The ship sank almost directly over the railroad tunnel between Port Huron and Sarnia ON and was blown up with numerous small charges to avoid damage to the tunnel.  Hull removed Oct 1963 because it was a hazard at low water.

See history in Scanner Nov 1973 (#34)
Also in Detroit Marine Historian Jan 1957 (#81)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 233




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