1871                                     Vanderbilt                                      1913

Wooden Great Lakes passenger and package freight vessel

Built at Port Huron MI by Muir & Leighton
Launched Sept 16, 1871

235’ LOA, 223’ LBP, 34’ beam, 22’ depth
2 decks, 2 coal-fired boiler, steeple compound engines, 500 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI Oct 17, 1871 (Temp #39)
223.2 x 34.0 x 14.4, 1302.85 tons (1157.28 NT 1882)     US 25855     to:
Western Transit Co., Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service Oct 1871

Permanent enrollment at Buffalo NY Nov 2, 1871 (#68)

Sold late 1904 to Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse MI

Renamed John R. Stirling 1905

Sold 1906 to Capt. George Tebo, Chicago IL for conversion to a floating pool room to be moored in Lake Michigan off Chicago in competition with str. City of Traverse, which was in this occupation at Chicago.  The operation was shut down by Federal officials.  (A plot was rumored to blow the vessel up as she was being converted at Algonac MI.)

Sold 1907 to Northern Michigan Transportation Co., Duluth MN (home port to Duluth MN)

Sold for scrap 1913 to Manistee Iron Works, Manistee MI.  Enrollment surrendered March 28, 1913.

Burned at Manistee Sept 4, 1916 while being dismantled. 






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