Greater Buffalo

1924                                  Greater Buffalo                                  1943 (1948)

Steel sidewheel passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 786
Launched Oct 27, 1923

535’ LOA, 519’ LBP, 58’ beam, 23’7” depth
2 decks, coal-fired boilers, inclined compound engine, 12000 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI
518.7 x 58.0 x 21.3, 7739 GT, 3330 NT     US 223663     to:
Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI)

Entered service 1924

Normal route was overnight passenger and package freight service between Detroit MI and Buffalo NY

Requisitioned 1942 by U. S. Navy during World War II.  Converted to aircraft carrier at Buffalo NYby American Ship Building Co., renamed U.S.S. Sable (IX-81) and used during the rest of the war on Lake Michigan training pilots to take off from and land on  aircraft carriers

Decommissioned at end of war.  Sold to Steel Company of Canada and scrapped 1948 at Hamilton ON

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 131



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