Champlain 1

1910                                  Champlain     1                                  1962

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 72
Keel laid Nov 1, 1909; launched March 4, 1910

465’ LOA, 444’ LBP, 56’ beam, 30’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1700 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI April 11, 1910 (#85)
444.0 x 56.2 x 31.0, 5494 GT, 4153 NT     US 207284     to:
Great Lakes Engineering Works

Reenrolled at Detroit MI April 26, 1910 (Temp #92) to:
Northern Lakes Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Duluth MN)

Entered service April 1910

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN June 18, 1910 (#36)

Fleet sold 1915 to Pioneer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Hutchinson & Co., Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH) and vessel renamed Frank Billings.

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Boilers converted to oil firing 1954

Sold for scrap 1962 to Fraser-Nelson Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Superior WI and scrapped at Superior



2 thoughts on “Champlain 1

  1. Have information that my great, great grandfather was a Captain at one time on the Ship “The Champlain”, of the Northern Lines on the great lakes. His name was Jared Erwin Kennan or JE Kennan. Would love to find out if his name pops up in your records for this ship. Found this information in an article in the Sandusky Register dated July 31, 1911. Any contact on this would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • I don’t find your great great grandfather listed as captain of this ship for 1911 through 1913. The appointment for 1910 was not announced in the 1910 Red Book since she didn’t enter service (as a new vessel) until May of that year.

      I also didn’t find his name in the appointments to the other vessels we discussed on the phone.

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