Onondaga

(1920) 1922                                  Onondaga                                        1924 (1942)

Steel St. Lawrence River canal size bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 283
Launched April 9, 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 220782     to:
Independent Steamship Co., Detroit MI (home port Wyandotte MI)

Entered service 1922

Sold May 15, 1924 to Ford Motor Co., Detroit MI
In service summer and fall 1924 carrying coal upbound and lumber downbound

Transferred Nov 1942 to off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes

Sunk July 23, 1942 by German submarine off Cuba, Atlantic Ocean.  Fifteen lives lost.

 

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