Pontiac 1

1889                                  Pontiac     1                                  1917

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Cleveland Ship Building Co., Hull 5
Launched July 3, 1889
Longest bulk freighter on the Great Lakes (until Maryland of 1890 – superseded Corsica and Corona of 1888)

319’ LOA, 300’ LBP, 40’ beam, 24’ depth
2 decks, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1220 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH Aug 9, 1889 (Temp #7)
300.0 x 41.0 x 12.4, 2298.36 GT, 1788.45 NT     US 150476     to:
Cleveland Iron Mining Co., Cleveland OH (home port Ishpeming MI)

Entered service 1889

Permanent enrollment at Marquette MI Aug 15, 1889 (#9)

Sunk July 14, 1891 in collision with steamer Athabasca in St. Mary’s River.  Recovered and returned to service.

Company name changed 1894 to Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co., Cleveland OH

To 1 deck and new steel upper deck added 1903

Transferred 1906 to Grand Island Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Cleveland-Clffs Iron Co., Mgr (home port to Grand Island MI)

Sold Feb 17, 1917 to Crescent Transit Co., Cleveland OH, W. C. Richardson, Mgr. And renamed Goudreau  (1)

Stranded Nov 23, 1917 on Southeast Shoal, 5 miles southwest of Lyal Island, Lake Huron.  Downbound with a cargo of pyrites, lost her rudder in a gale and was driven ashore.  No lives lost.  Abandoned to underwriters, later damaged so that only her machinery could be removed.  Enrollment surrendered Dec 10, 1917

See history in Scanner May 1983 (#120)




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