1880                                          Transport                                  1942

Iron sidewheel crossriver railroad carferry

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Dry Dock Co., Hull 34
Launched Jan 24, 1880

268’ LOA, 254’ LBP, 46’ beam, 14’ depth
1 deck, coal-fired boilers, horizontal condensing engine, 2000 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI Feb 21, 1880 (#47)
254.1 x 45.9 x 14.0, 1594.93 tons (gross tons, 797.47 NT 1882)     US 145211     to:
Canada Southern Bridge Co., Grosse Isle MI, a subsidiary of the Canada Southern Railway Co. (home port Detroit MI) (home port corrected to Grosse Isle MI May 1, 1880)

Operated across the lower Detroit River between Stony Island, MI and Gordon ON

Sold Dec 31, 1883 to Michigan Central Railroad Co., Detroit MI

Laid up Oct 16, 1910 upon transfer of crossriver freight operations to new Detroit-Windsor railroad tunnel

Sold Oct 1912 to Wabash Railway Co., Detroit MI

Sold Oct 1933 to Roen Steamship Co., Sturgeon Bay WI.  Converted to barge winter 1933-34.  Deck crane installed spring 1934 as lumber barge
Remeasured to 1594 GT, 1594 NT

Remeasured 1935 to 1397 GT, 1353 NT

Grounded Oct 3, 1935 off Little Lake, 20 miles west of Whitefish Point MI, Lake Superior and abandoned to the underwiters as a constructive total loss.  Purchased from the underwriters on an “as is” basis by Capt. John Roen and placed back in service.

Stranded Sept 22, 1942 near Eagle Harbor MI, Lake Superior.  None lost from Transport (1 lost from other barge).  Enroute from Grand Marais MI towed with the barge City of St. Joseph by the tug John Roen with loads of pulpwood for the Port Huron Sulphite Co, Port Huron MI.  Towline from City of St. Joseph to Transport broke in a sudden storm and City of St. Joseph struck the rocks and sank.  Transport towline to tug broke soon after and she was wrecked on the beach and lost.















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