Fontana (wooden)

1888                                     Fontana                                            1900

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freight schooner barge

Built at St. Clair MI by Simon Langell

240’ LOA, 231’ LBP, 39’ beam, 20’ depth
1 deck, hold beams

Enrolled at Port Huron MI June 28, 1888 (#220)
231.4 x 39.1 x 17.0, 1163.65 GT, 1105.47 NT     US 120713     to:
St. Clair Steamship Co., East China MI, subsidiary of Cleveland Iron Mining Co., Edward C. Rector, Mgr.

Entered service 1888

Parent company renamed Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. 1894

Sunk Aug 3, 1900 in collision with barge Santiago off Fort Gratiot, Port Huron MI, St. Clair River.  One life lost.  Enroute from Marquette MI to Cleveland OH  with cargo of iron ore towed by str. Kaliyuga.  Santiago was upbound towed by str. Appomattox.  Enrollment surrendered Nov 19, 1900.

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 117






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