1886 Wahnipitae 1890
Wooden Great Lakes schooner barge
Built at West Bay City MI by James Davidson
Built to carry logs from Canadian ports on Georgian Bay to Bay City and Saginaw MI
Enrolled at Port Huron MI June 24, 1886 (#118)
260.0 x 51.0 x 11.9, 1431.54 GT, 1359.97 NT US 81115 to:
James Davidson, Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)
Entered service 1886
In 1887 carried 2,409,800 feet of lumber from Duluth MN to Tonawanda NY. Vessel drew 22’ and deck cargo was 22’ high.
Wrecked Oct 26, 1890 off Cleveland OH, Lake Erie. No lives lost. Downbound from Ashland WI to Fairport OH with 2,000,000 feet of lumber for a new elevator, towed by str. John M. Nicol, caught in gale and tow line dropped to save the steamer. Barge could not be controlled and struck the breakwater at Cleveland. Enrollment surrendered March 31, 1891. The owners of the barge sued for $70,000 but lost the suit.
See history in Detroit Marine Historian April 1976 (#204)