Packer, Robert A.


1881                               Robert A. Packer                              1907

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at West Bay City MI by William Crosthwaite

221’ LOA, 209’ LBP, 34’ beam, 16’6” depth
1 deck, hold beams, coal-fired boilers, steeple compound engine, 510 IHP

Enrolled at Buffalo NY Sept 14, 1881 (#19)
209. x 33.8 x 16.1, 921.64 tons (770.01 NT 1882)     US 110491     to:
John Kelderhouse 7/8 and Thomas Maytham 1/8, Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service 1881

Reenrolled Oct 15, 1881 to Robert A. Packer 99/100 and Robert F. Goodman 1/100, Buffalo NY

Transferred 1882 to Lehigh Valley Transportation Co., Robert A. Packer, Mgr.

Sold 1899 to Miles E. Barry, Chicago IL

Sold 1900 to John A. Connelly, Chicago IL

Burned 1903 and abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss.  Enrollment surrendered June 5, 1903.

Sold 1906 to Ganley Bros. Sault Ste. Marie ON, Joseph Ganley, Mgr. (home port to Sault Ste. Marie ON) and renamed Batchawanna.
Enrolled Canadian at 220.0 x 34.0 x 18.4, 1027 GT, 674 NT     Can 117032

Burned June 26, 1907 off Coppermine Point, near Batchawanna Bay, Lake Superior.  No lives lost.  Enroute from Fort William ON to Sault Ste. Marie with a cargo of iron ore.








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