Rochester 2

1910                                  Rochester     2                                  1941 (1960)


Steel twin-screw overnight passenger vessel


Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 180
Launched Sept 4, 1909

256’ LOA, 246’6” LBP, 42’ beam, 14’9” depth

5 decks, coal-fired boilers, 2 triple expansion engines, 2000 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI April 9, 1910 (Temp #82)
246.0 x 42.0 x 15.6, 1603 GT, 867 NT     US 207073     to:
Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. of the United States, Montreal QC (home port Michigan City IN)
(This was an American subsidiary of Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co., Montreal QC to permit her to operate between U. S. ports.)

Entered service 1910

Permanent enrollment at Chicago IL Sept 26, 1910 (#20)

Parent fleet merged 1913 into Canada Steamship Lines, Montreal QC
Ownership of vessel transferred to American Interlake Line, their American subsidiary

Chartered for the 1915 season to Indiana Transportation Co., Chicago IL for service on Lake Michigan

Transferred 1920 to parent fleet and renamed Cape Eternity

Enrollment transferred to Canada     Can 141863     (home port Montreal QC)
Remeasured to 246.8 x 42.3 x 14.6, 2484 GT, 1407 NT

Assigned for the 1920 through 1924 seasons to off-Lakes service operating between Montreal QC and the Saguenay River

Laid up at Toronto ON mid-season 1929 and did not operate again for this fleet.

Sold 1935 to Seaway Lines Ltd., Windsor ON and renamed Georgian.

Fleet renamed Lakeway Lines Ltd. 1939

Sold 1941 for off-Lakes service during World War II and left the Great Lakes.

Unofficially renamed Avalon II while serving as a floating barracks at Halifax NS and St. John’s Nfld. 1942-1945.  Sold Chinese 1946 and renamed Ha Sin.

Scrapped about 1960 in China


See history in Scanner Midsummer 1978 (#76)
Also in Detroit Marine Historian Nov 1949 (#10)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 343




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