1897                                  Starrucca                                  1954

Steel Great Lakes package freighter

Built at Buffalo NY by Union Dry Dock Co., Hull 80
Launched Aug 5, 1897

346’ LOA, 325’ LBP, 44’ beam, 28’ depth
2 decks, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1500 IHP

Enrolled at Buffalo NY Aug 18, 1897 (#9)
326.5 x 44.0 x 14.9, 3114.05 GT, 2117.56 NT     US 116786     to:
Union Steamboat Co., Buffalo OH, a subsidiary of the Erie Railroad Co.

Entered service 1897

Rebuilt 1903
Remeasured to 29.3 depth and 3398 GT, 2067 NT

Transferred 1912 to Erie Railroad Lake Line and renamed Delos W. Cooke

Fleet sold Feb 22, 1916 to Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Buffalo NY
The railroads were required under the provisions of the Panama Canal Act of 1912 to divest themselves of competing vessels.  Great Lakes Transit Corporation was organized to own and operate these vessels.

Sold 1937 to Larson Ship Wrecking Co., Chicago IL, Maxim M. Cohen, owner.

Laid up at Chicago 1937-1940

Sold 1940 to Nicholson Transit Co., Ecorse MI and converted to bulk freighter winter 1940-1941
Remeasured to 336.3 x 43.8 x 24.5, 3248 GT, 2537 NT

Renamed Steel King (2) 1941

Sold for scrap 1954 to Price Brothers & McClung, Toledo OH.  Forward section converted to undocumented barge PB-12, after section to barge Aft.

See history in Detroit Marine Historian Jan 1954 (#51)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 370



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