Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mystery Ship



Who am I?

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday!



Mystery Ships Of The Great Lakes is 10 years old today! In the fall of 2003 I began an interest in old photography by a chance acquisition of over 10,000 vintage negatives. A small portion of the negatives depicted various ships that once plied the Great Lakes. I was unable to read the names on the majority of the ships so in the late summer of 2007 Mystery Ships Of The Great Lakes was born. I am very proud that the blog has lasted for a decade but it would it would not have lasted a month without you – the reader. Thus, I am taking this time to say thanks to all who have visited, read, lurked or commented over the years. Special thanks to MikeM, The Rock, Tonylast and Ted Wilush who among others, have done yeoman’s work over the years in identifying the ships. A very special thank you to those that were actually on the ships and have taken the time to post your personal stories. A Master Salute to all of you and here is to another decade of trying to identify the Mystery Ships Of The Great Lakes!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Mystery Ship



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Monday, March 07, 2016

Mystery Ship



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Yacht club pennant is NK in a circle.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Edmund Fitzgerald - In Memorium

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sinaloa



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Thanks to Ted Wilush for identifying the ship as the Sinaloa. The ship was built by the West Bay City Company for the Superior Steamship Company and was launched on April 18, 1903. The ship was sold to the Clifton Steamship Company in1924 and renamed the William F. Rapprich. In 1928 the ship was acquired by the Michigan Steamship Company, renamed the Sinaloa and converted to a self-unloader. The ship was damaged during the Armistice Day Storm of November 11, 1940 when she lost her rudder and the anchor cable parted. The Sinaloa ran aground at Sac Bay off the Garden Peninsula. The Coast Guard rescued all hands on deck. The ship was sold to Algonquin Corp, Limited in 1960 and was renamed the Stonefax. The ship sunk on October 14, 1966 when she collided with the Norwegian freighter Arthur Stove between locks 7 and 8 in the Welland Canal. She was raised November 27, 1966, taken for repairs and would and once again would sail the Great Lakes. The end of the Sinaloa came during the spring of 1971 when she was towed to Santander, Spain for scrapping. Please click here to see another photo of the Sinaloa.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Col. James M. Schoonmaker / William P. Snyder Jr.



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Thanks to Ted Wilush for identifying the ship as either the Col. James M. Schoonmaker or the William P. Snyder Jr. Both ships were built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works and primarily sailed for the Shenango Furnace Company. The Col. James M. Schoonmaker was launched July 1, 1911 and the William P. Snyder Jr. was launched January 27, 1912. The Col. James M. Schoonmaker was chartered to the Wilson Marine Transit Company for the 1965 shipping season. In 1969 the ship was renamed the Willis B. Boyer and sold to the Interlake Steamship Company. She was chartered by the Republic Steel Corporation and sailed for them until 1971 when she was sold to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. They operated the ship until 1980 when she was laid up for the final time. In 1986 she was sold to the city of Toledo, Ohio for use as a maritime museum. She arrived at International Park in Toledo on June 25, 1987 and was restored. The ship was re-christened the Col. James M. Schoonmaker July 1, 2011 – 100 years to the day after she was first launched! The city of Toledo could no longer afford the upkeep on the ship and in October 2012 the Col. James M. Schoonmaker was towed to her new home at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. In 1966 the William P. Snyder Jr. was chartered to the Interlake Steamship Company and then sold to them at the end of the shipping season. The ship was sold to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company in 1971 who sailed her for several years before selling the ship in 1983 to American Bulk Shipping, Inc. of Los Angeles, California for use as a container vessel. The new owner defaulted on the payment and the ship was returned to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. The William P. Snyder Jr. never sailed again and was sent to be scrapped in 1986. If you would like to see a photo of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker being towed to her new port, please click here. If you would like to see a color photo of the William P. Snyder Jr. taken by Harold Fricke, please click here.