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
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.