1886 Spokane 1935
Steel Great Lakes bulk and package freight vessel, later package freighter and automobile carrier
Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 11
Launched June 5, 1886
262’ LOA, 248’ LBP, 38’ beam, 24’ depth
2 decks, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, fore and aft fore and aft compound engine, 750 IHP
Enrolled at Cleveland OH June 17, 1886 (#97)
249.5 x 39.0 x 20.0, 1741.90 GT, 1465.48 NT US 116104 to:
Thomas Wilson et al, Cleveland OH (home port Cleveland OH)
Entered service 1886
Lengthened 62’ 1892 at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works to 324’ LOA
Remeasured at 311.8 x 38.2 x 20.8, 2356.56 GT, 1974.67 NT
Firm incorporated 1900 as Wilson Transit Co., Cleveland OH, Thomas Wilson, Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH)
Stranded Oct 28, 1907 on Gull Rock, Manitou Island, Lake Superior and declared constructive total loss.
No lives lost. Enrollment surrendered March 21, 1908.
Wreck purchased 1910 by Reid Wrecking Co., Sarnia, ON and Port Huron, MI, towed to Port Huron and converted to package freighter. Redocumented at Port Huron MI June 20, 1910 (home port Port Huron MI).
Operated by Spokane Steamship Co., Port Huron MI, Reid Wrecking Co., Mgr.
Converted to combination package freighter and automobile carrier 1920 at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works
Transferred 1931 to Reid Transit Co., Port Huron MI
Laid up at Port Huron in early 1930s
Sold 1935 to American Steel & Wire Co. for scrapping. Towed up Cuyahoga River Dec 6, 1935 and scrapped.
Enrollment surrendered Dec 6, 1935.
See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 326