Foster, Parks

1889                                  Parks Foster                                  1960

Steel Great Lakes bulk and package freight vessel

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 27
Launched July 30, 1889

274’ LOA, 262’ LBP, 38’4” beam, 23’ depth
2 decks, hatches @24’, coal-fired boilers, fore and aft compound engine, 750 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH Sept 6, 1889 (Temp #12)
262.0 x 39.0 x 19.2, 1729.69 GT, 1475.42 NT     US 150478     to:
Owen Line, Chicago IL, W. R. Owen, Mgr. (Parks Foster, Pres.) (home port Chicago IL)

Entered service 1889

Permanent enrollment at Chicago IL Oct 28, 1889

Sold end of 1899 season to National Steamship Co., Chicago IL, J. G. Keith & Co., Mgr.

Sold (Est. of J. G. Keith) March 27, 1916 John Prindiville & Sons, Chicago IL

Shortened 14’ to St. Lawrence Canal size (by cutting off her fantail) 1921 at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works
Remeasured to 248.0 x 39.0 x 19.2, 1640 GT, 1347 NT

Chartered to Nicholson-Universal Steamship Co., Detroit MI 1922-1928

Stranded Oct 17, 1928 at Black River near Alpena MI, Lake Huron in fog and abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss.

Sold to Reid Wrecking Co., Port Huron MI and Sarnia ON and salvaged.  Towed to Ogdensburg NY, where she was repaired by St. Lawrence Marine Repair Dock Co.

Sold 1929 to Frank G. Wilson, Westmount QC (home port to Montreal QC) and renamed Superior  (2)
Enrolled Canadian 255.5 x 38.2 x 19.7, 1774 GT, 1054 NT     Can 154471

Sold 1930 to North West Transportation Co., Midland ON

Sold 1931 to Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Midland ON (home port to Midland ON)

Rebuilt 1932 with triple expansion engine

Sold 1938 to Northwest Steamships Ltd., Toronto ON, A. A. Hudson, Mgr.

Home port to Toronto ON 1951

Remeasured 1954 to 1801 GT, 1062 NT

Sold 1960 to Newman Structural Steel Ltd., St. Catharines ON for scrap and scrapped 1961 at Port Dalhousie  ON.

See history in Scanner Midsummer 1983 (#121)



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