1886                                  Susquehanna                                  1916  (1926)


Steel Great Lakes package freighter


Built at Buffalo NY by Union Dry Dock Co., Hull 41

Launched Sept 4, 1886

Longest vessel on the Great Lakes (until Maryland of 1890 – superseded Onoko of 1882)

326’6” LOA, 303’ LBP, 40’ beam, 26’6” depth

2 decks, coal-fired boilers, compound engine, 1053 IHP

Enrolled at Erie PA Nov 11, 1886 (#1)

302.5 x 40.0 x 16.0, 2500.30 GT, 2065.79 NT     US 116128     to:

Erie & Western Transportation Co., Erie PA (home port Erie PA)

Great Lakes vessel fleet of Pennsylvania Railroad, also known as “Anchor Line”

Entered service Nov 23, 1886 carrying coal and package freight from Buffalo NY to Chicago IL

Remeasured 1894 to 2781.89 GT, 2347.38 NT

Fleet sold Feb 22, 1916 to Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Buffalo NY

The railroads were required to divest themselves of competing vessels under the provisions of the Panama Canal Act of 1912.  Great Lakes Transit Corporation was organized to own and operate these vessels.

Sold Nov 19, 1916 to N. A. Galanos for off-Lakes service during World War I.  Cut in two at Buffalo NY by Buffalo Dry Dock Co., towed to Montreal QC and rejoined.

Renamed Papyrus (Br 147554) 1923, De Costa (Peru) 1924 and Papyrus (Can) 1925

Scrapped in Italy 1926





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