Mitchell, John

1907                                  John Mitchell                                  1911

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at St. Clair MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 25
Launched Nov 28, 1906

440’ LOA, 420’ LBP, 52’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1400 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI April 2, 1907 (Temp #24)
420.0 x 52.0 x 23.0, 4468 GT, 3246 NT     US 203943     to:
Great Lakes Engineering Works

Reenrolled at Detroit MI April 4, 1907 #48) to
Great Lakes Engineering Works

Reenrolled at Detroit MI April 10, 1907 (Temp #51) to:
Cornell Steamship Co., Chicago IL, C. W. Elphicke & Co., Mgr. (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service 1907

Permanent enrollment at Cleveland OH May 13, 1907 (#78)
(Apparently Capt. Mitchell had an interest in this vessel since her home port was Fairport instead of Chicago – the base of his operations — and her Cleveland enrollment showed him as Vice President of the owning company.  The vessel was managed, however, by Elphicke from Chicago during her entire career.)

Sunk July 10, 1911 in collision with str. William Henry Mack in heavy fog off Vermilion Point, Lake Superior.  Upbound with coal for Superior WI, Mack downbound light.  Three lost of 34 aboard.  Enrollment surrendered July 11, 1911.

See history in Scanner March 1990 (#181)



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