Quebec (wooden)

1874                                        Quebec                                      1922

Wooden Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Chatham ON by Simpson & Chisholm
Launched Aug 19, 1874

186’ LBP, 35’ beam, 21’ depth
1 deck, coal-fired boilers, double condensing engine, 350 IHP

Enrolled at
193.0 x 34.7 x 13.4, 1404 GT, 954 NT     Can 71212     to:
North West Transportation Co., Sarnia ON (home port Sarnia ON)

Struck rock July 1885 in Lake George Channel, St. Mary’s River and sank in 126’ of water.  Raised (the job considered the greatest wrecking job on the Great Lakes to that point), towed to Buffalo NY and rebuilt to bulk freighter for the lumber trade.

Enrolled at Chicago IL Sept 23, 1886 (#17)
186.0 x 35.2 x 12.4, 1003.19 GT, 777.57 NT     US 120654     to:
W. J. Murphy, Chicago IL and renamed F. E. Spinner.

Sold 1887 to Farwell Transportation Co., Detroit MI, Thomas Adams, Mgr. (home port to Detroit MI)

Transferred 1995 to Ecorse Transportation Co., Ecorse MI (home port to Ecorse MI)

Home port back to Detroit MI 1896

Sold 1898 to David J. Ransom, Sault Ste. Marie MI (home port to Sault Ste. Marie MI)

Sold 1902 to Smith’s Dredge & Tug Line, Manistee MI, John C. Smith, Mgr.

Renamed Helen C. later in 1902 season

Sold 1914 to Western Cedar & Lumber Co., Alpena MI

Sold 1916 to W. C. Brown, Plymouth MI

Sold 1922 to Samuel C. May, Detroit MI

Foundered Oct 14, 1922 off Sturgeon Point, Lake Huron.  Enroute from Sandusky OH with coal for DePere WI, seams opened in heavy storm and vessel sank off Alpena MI.






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