1915 Nevada 2 1942 (1943)
Steel passenger vessel
Built at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Hull 70
Launched Sept 15, 1915
230’ LOA, 212’ LBP, 42’ beam, 29’ depth
3 decks, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1600 IHP
Built for service on Lake Michigan between Milwaukee WI and Chicago IL. Had a special ice-breaking bow for winter operation.
Enrolled at Milwaukee WI Nov 30, 1915 (Temp #54)
212.0 x 42.2 x 24.7, 2122 GT, 1078 NT US 213782 to:
Goodrich Transit Co., Chicago IL (home port Duluth MN)
Entered service Dec 1915
Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN Dec 10, 1915 (#18)
Sold March 29, 1917 to the Russian government for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes. Renamed Rogday. Arrived at San Francisco CA on her delivery voyage when the Russian Revolution occurred, canceling delivery plans. Seized by U. S. Marshall and laid up at San Francisco Navy Yard.
Sold 1921 to Pere Marquette Line Steamers, Manistee MI, renamed Nevada and returned to the Great Lakes
Remeasured to 221.2 length and 2097 GT, 1217 NT
Sold 1936 to Muskegon Dock & Fuel Co., Wisconsin & Michigan Steamship Co., Mgr. Rebuilt to a roll-on, roll-off automobile and truck carrier at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (said to be the world’s first “RORO” vessel)
Remeasured to 1685 GT, 965 NT
Transferred 1940 to Wisconsin & Michigan Steamship Co., Milwaukee WI
Requisitioned 1942 by U. S. War Shipping Administration for off-Lakes service during World War II and left the Great Lakes.
Foundered Dec 16, 1943 in storm, Atlantic Ocean. 34 lost of 63 aboard.
See history in Detroit Marine Historian Sept 1957 (#87)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 304