Kiowa

(1920) 1922                                  Kiowa                                  1929

Steel St. Lawrence River canal size bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 286
Launched May 18, 1920
Built for the account of American Ship Building Co., parent company of Detroit Shipbuilding Co., from surplus materials left over after the World War I shipbuilding program ended and to provide continuing employment for the employees of the shipyard, for expected sale to off-Lakes operators.  Independent Steamship Co. established to operate the vessels until they could be sold.

261’ LOA, 251’ LBP, 43’6” beam, 24’2 ½” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 30’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI
251.0 x 43.6 x 22.2, 2309 GT, 1440 NT     US 220780     to:
Independent Steamship Co., Detroit MI (home port Wyandotte MI)

Entered service 1922

Sold March 8, 1927 to Kiowa Transportation Co., Bay City MI, O. W. Blodgett, Mgr.

Wrecked Nov 30, 1929 in storm west of Au Sable Point, Lake Superior.  Enroute from Duluth MN to Chicago IL with cargo of flax.  Six lives lost.

 

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