Kirby, S. R.

1890                                        S. R. Kirby                                     1916

Composite Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Dry Dock Co., Hull 100
Launched May 24, 1890

311’6” LOA, 294’ LBP, 42’ beam, 26’ depth
2 decks, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1250 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI June 13, 1890 (#117)
294.0 x 42.0 x 21.0, 2338.66 GT, 1823.28 NT     US 116325     to:
Northwestern Transportation Co., Detroit MI, E. M. Peck, Mgr. (home port Detroit MI)

Entered service 1890

Foundered May 8, 1916  8 miles north of Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw Peninsula, Lake Superior.  20 of 22 lost (second mate and one fireman picked up from wreckage).  Downbound from Ashland WI with cargo of iron ore (probably badly overloaded) towing barge George E. Hartnell in heavy storm. Broke in two and sank.  Barge towed to safety by steamer E. H. Utley.

See history in Detroit Marine Historian Sept 1978 (#211)
See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 172










2 thoughts on “Kirby, S. R.

  1. Does any one have a picture of the ship. Found an old wooden model of it I want to restore to it’s original beauty

    • I would post your question on the Information Search section of I’m sure there would be people there who would love to hear about the model and maybe help you restore it.

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