(1918) 1924 Sandcraft 1941 (1950)
Steel St. Lawrence River canal size sand dredge
Built at Chicago IL by Chicago Shipbuilding Co., Hull 86
Launched Feb 28, 1918
Laid down as bulk freighter War Laurel for British government for off-Lakes service during World War I. Requisitioned by the United States Shipping Board during construction, renamed Lake Clear and left the Great Lakes upon completion.
261’ LOA, 251’ LBP, 43’6” beam, 20’ depth
1 deck, coal-fired boiler, triple expansion engine, 1300 IHP
247.2 x 43.5 x 18.7, 2054 GT, 1251 NT US 216199
Sold Nov 1923 to Construction Materials Co., Chicago IL (home port to Gary IN) and returned to the Great Lakes
Converted to suction dredge 1924 at Sturgeon Bay WI by Leatham D. Smith Dock Co. and renamed Sandcraft.
Entered Great Lakes service 1924
Assigned 1941 to off-Lakes service during World War II and left the Great Lakes
Sunk July 2, 1950 in collision with str. Melrose in Narrows of New York harbor