1901 Puritan 1933
Steel Great Lakes passenger vessel
Built at Toledo OH by Craig Shipbuilding Co., Hull 82
Launched May 1, 1901
244’ LOA, 220’ LBP, 40’ beam, 24’6” depth
3 decks, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1500 IHP
Laid down as Ottawa for the Holland & Chicago Transportation Co. but as the result of a stockholders’ quarrel she was sold before launch to Graham & Morton Transportation Co.
Enrolled at Toledo OH June 7, 1901 (21)
233.0 x 40.5 x 21.9, 1547 GT, 1052 NT US 150898 to:
Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo OH (home port Toledo OH)
Reenrolled at Grand Haven MI June 28, 1901 (#78) to:
Graham & Morton Transportation Co., Benton Harbor MI (home port Benton Harbor MI)
Lengthened 1907 at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Dry Dock Co.
Remeasured to 259.0 x 40.5 x 26.6, 1762 GT, 1267 NT
Sold April 1, 1918 to U. S. Navy for off-Lakes service during World War I. Cut at Buffalo NY by Buffalo Dry Dock Co. for transit to salt water and towed to Montreal QC but was not rejoined.
Sold Sept 1919 to Chicago, Racine & Milwaukee Line, Chicago IL and returned to the Great Lakes.
Rejoined at Buffalo NY by Buffalo Dry Dock Co. and reentered Great Lakes service in 1920.
Sold 1923 to Michigan Transit Co., Chicago IL
Sold 1933 to Isle Royale Transportation Co., and renamed George M. Cox.
Stranded May 27, 1933 on Rock of Ages Reef, Isle Royale, Lake Superior. 34 crew and passengers lost. Soon after slid off the reef into deep water. Vessel was on her first cruise for her new owners.
See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 332