Material Service

1929                                  Material Service                                  1936

Steel twin-screw dredge

 Built at Sturgeon Bay WI by Leatham D. Smith Dock Co., Hull 253
Built to carry sand from Lake Michigan to docks on the Chicago River.  Deck structures designed to permit passage under low clearance bridges.

246’ LOA, 240’ LBP, 40’ beam, 15’ depth
1 deck, 2 oil-fired diesel engines, 700 SHP

Enrolled at
239.7 x 40.1 x 13.9, 1077 GT, 736 NT     US 228371     to:
Leatham Smith-Putnam Navigation Co., Chicago IL

Entered service 1929

Foundered July 29, 1936 off South Chicago IL, Lake Michigan.  15 of 22 aboard lost.  Loaded with 2000 tons of sand from Lockport IL to South Chicago, she had just entered the lake when at 1:00 a.m. a heavy wave passed over the vessel, which sank so quickly that 15 of her crew, including Captain and Chief Engineer, were trapped in their berths and drowned.









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