Cayuga 1

1889                                  Cayuga     1                                  1895

Steel Great Lakes package freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 24
Launched April 2, 1889

306’8” LOA, 290’ LBP, 41’ beam, 25’6” depth
2 decks, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1500 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH May 31, 1889 (Temp #136)
290.0 x 40.8 x 13.6, 2669.47 GT, 1939.26 NT     US 126556     to:
Lehigh Valley Transportation Co., Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)
(One of five near sisters usually operated on the Buffalo NY – Chicago IL route)

Entered service 1889

Permanent enrollment at Buffalo NY June 3, 1889 (#72)

Sunk May 10, 1895 in collision with steamer Joseph L. Hurd near Skillagalee Light, Lake Michigan in heavy fog.  Steward George Johnson of Hurd lost.  Enroute from Chicago IL to Buffalo NY. Steamers were only 200 feet apart when they saw each other.  The wooden Hurd had her bow knocked off but her cargo of lumber kept her afloat.  Enrollment surrendered June 29, 1895.  On Nov 22 Capt. James Reid of the Reid Wrecking Co. of Port Huron MI and Sarnia Ont. found a 10-foot hole in the Cayuga with the stem of the Hurd stuck in the hole.  Reid tried several times to raise her, failing and nearly bankrupting his company in the effort.




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