1906                                  Rutland                                  1915 (1916)


Steel St. Lawrence River canal size package freighter


Built at Cleveland OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 433
Launched May 12, 1906

251’ LOA, 242’ LBP, 43’ beam, 26’6” depth

2 decks, arch hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH June 30, 1906
242.0 x 43.0 x 26.5, 2321 GT, 1668 NT     US 203262     to:
Western Transit Co., Buffalo NY
(The actual owner and operator of this vessel — and of all the other five steel vessels of her fleet — for her entire career on the Great Lakes until the fleet was disbanded in 1915 was Rutland Transit Co., Ogdensburg NY although, for reasons unknown to this researcher, she was enrolled to Western Transit Co. and her home port was shown as Buffalo NY, not Ogdensburg NY)

Entered service 1906

Sold October 19, 1915 to Pacific-Alaska Steamship Co. for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes.
(The railroads had been ordered under the provisions of the Panama Canal Act of 1912 to
divest themselves of competing vessels and Great Lakes Transit Corporation had been
organized to own and operate these vessels.  The new firm bid on the six steel Rutland vessels but since they were small enough to leave the Great Lakes without being cut in two and since prices on ocean vessels were abnormally high because of World War I vessel shortages, they were outbid by off-Lakes operators.)

Renamed Admiral Clark.

Foundered Aug 16, 1916 in Caribbean Sea.




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