Pioneer 1

1892                                  Pioneer     1                                  1918 (1931)


Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter


Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Dry Dock Co., Hull 107

Launched May 7, 1892

241’ LOA, 226’ LBP, 35’ beam, 17’6”’ depth

1 deck, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1155 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI June 24, 1892 (Temp #101)

226.5 x 35.2 x 14.2, 1123.63 GT, 774.82 NT     US 150589     to:

Cleveland Iron Mining Co., Cleveland OH (home port Marquette MI)

Entered service 1892

Permanent enrollment at Marquette MI July 7, 1892 (#3) (home port to Ishpeming MI)

Transferred 1906 to Grand Island Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., Mgr. (home port to Grand Island MI)

Sold 1913 to Roy M. Wolvin, Duluth MN and immediately resold to National Steamship Co., Toronto ON, a subsidiary of National Iron Co. (home port Toronto ON) and renamed Natironco.

Enrolled Canadian 225.0 x 35.0 x 13.7, 1079 GT, 542 NT     Can 133741

Sold 1917 to A. B. Mackay Steamship Co., Hamilton ON, A. B. Mackay, Mgr.

Sunk June 19, 1917 in collision with steamer Eastern States off Ecorse MI, Detroit River.  No lives lost.

Vessel sailed off channel on Canadian side of river to avoid sinking in steamer channel and sank.

Abandoned to underwriters as a total loss.  Sold at auction by underwriters and bid in by A. B. Mackay, her former owner for resale for off-Lakes service during World War I.  Raised and towed to Toledo OH and repaired by Toledo Shipbuilding Co.  Left Great Lakes early 1918.

Renamed Scorpion (France) 1920, San Carlo 1921 and San Carlo (Italy) 1922

Scrapped about 1931


See history in Scanner Feb 1992 (#194)




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