Iron Chief

1881                                         Iron Chief                                  1904

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freight schooner barge

Built at Detroit MI by Detroit Dry Dock Co., Hull 51
Launched July 12, 1881

228’ LOA, 212’ LBP, 35’ beam, 19’ depth
2 decks

Enrolled at Detroit MI July 19, 1881 (#12)
212.4 x 35.0 x 17.6, 1112.77 tons     US 100287     to:
Detroit Transportation Co., Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI)

Entered service 1881

Converted to bulk freighter 1882 at Detroit MI by Detroit Dry Dock Co.
Remeasured to 1154.08 GT, 966.04 NT

Sold 1899 to James Corrigan, Cleveland OH (home port to Fairport OH)

Foundered Oct 3, 1904 ten miles northeast of Point Aux Barques MI, Lake Huron.  Enroute to Fort William ON with cargo of coal towing barge Iron Cliff, broke steam pipe while crossing Saginaw Bay in heavy sea and sank.  Barge cut loose and sailed to Alpena MI.  Iron Chief taken in tow by str. Andrew Carnegie and sailed toward shallow water but tow line broke and vessel sank.  Enrollment surrendered Oct 14, 1904.






Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *