Lac La Belle

1864                                       Lac La Belle                                   1872

Wooden twin-screw Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Cleveland OH by Ira Lafrinier
Launched April 30, 1864

1 deck, coal-fired boilers, 2 high pressure condensing engines,

Enrolled at Cleveland OH July 8, 1864 (#
217.50 x 31.48 x 13.25, 872 3/95 tons     to:
Robert Hanna et al., Cleveland OH (home port Cleveland OH)

Remeasured 1865 under Act of May 6, 1864 (new measurement rules) to 216.1 x 37.15 x 19.75, 1187.19 tons      US 15803  



Sunk Nov 23, 1866 in collision with str. Milwaukee in the St. Clair River.  Downbound with cargo of iron ore in barrels and other package freight.  2 lost.  Raised, repaired and converted to bulk freighter.


Foundered Oct 14, 1872  20 miles off Racine WI, Lake Michigan.  Nine lives lost.








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