Northern Light

1888                                  Northern Light                                  1917 (1930)


Steel Great Lakes package freighter


Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 17

Launched April 17, 1888

312’6” LOA, 299’ LBP, 40’6” beam, 24’6” depth

2 decks, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH June 18, 1888 (Temp #125)

299.5 x 40.8 x 21.6, 2476.35 GT, 1885.14 NT     US 130407     to:

Northern Steamship Co., Duluth MN (home port Superior WI)

(fleet a joint venture of Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways)

Entered service 1888

Permanent enrollment at Marquette MI July 28, 1888 (#6)

Home port to Duluth MN 1898

Fleet sold 1903 to Mutual Transit Co., Buffalo NY (home port to Buffalo NY)

Fleet sold Feb 22, 1916 to Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Buffalo NY

The railroads were required to divest themselves of competing vessels under the provisions of the Panama Canal Act of 1912.  Great Lakes Transit Corporation was organized to own and operate these vessels.

Sold 1917 to U. S. Shipping Board, Washington DC for off-Lakes service during World War I.  Cut in two at Cleveland OH by American Ship Building Co., towed to Montreal QC and rejoined.

Foundered Nov 8, 1930 at 25.03 N, 80.13 W off Florida Keys





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