Susquehanna (wooden)

1878                                     Susquehanna                               1922

Wooden Great Lakes package freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Thomas Quayle & Sons

258’6” LOA, 252’ LBP, 36’ beam, 26’3” depth
2 decks, coal-fired boilers, steeple compound engine, 473 IHP

Enrolled at Erie PA Aug 17, 1878 (#1)
252.0 x 36.0 x 15.2, 1726.21 tons (1562.24 NT 1882)     US 125669     to:
Erie & Western Transportation Co., Erie PA (home port Erie PA)

Great Lakes fleet of Pennsylvania Railroad, also known as “Anchor Line”

Entered service 1878

Renamed Conestoga 1886

Traded in 1905 to Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse MI on new tonnage being built for the fleet

Sold 1906 to Crosby Transportation Co., Milwaukee WI

Chartered for 1908 season to Port Huron & Duluth Steamship Co., Port Huron MI

Offered for sale 1917 for off-Lakes service but apparently there were no takers

Sold 1919 to Lake Ports Navigation Co., Sarnia ON, Canada Steamship Lines, Mgr.  (home port to Toronto ON).  U. S. enrollment surrendered Sept 1919       
Enrolled Canadian 1920 at 253.0 x 36.0 x 15.0, 2008 GT, 1531 NT     Can 140998 

Burned May 21, 1922 in Cardinal Canal, St. Lawrence River.  Downbound with cargo of wheat, was found to be on fire while in Lock 27.  Towed out of the lock and drifted down until she was beached, where she burned.

See history in Scanner Midsummer 1979 (#85)







2 thoughts on “Susquehanna (wooden)

  1. Have record that my gg grandfather, Jared Erwin Kennan or JE Kennan may have captained this vessel during this time frame. Was hoping you may find some information on him on this ships records. Thanks.

    • I have checked the assignments of captains to this vessel (and fleet) from 1899 to 1913 (the year of your great great grandfather’s death) and do not find his name. He could have been assigned captain temporarily or permanently later in one of these seasons but I have only the the preseason captain and chief engineer appointments for the fleets.

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