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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Who am I?
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.
Who am I?
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.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Who am I?
Thanks to Ted Wilush for identifying the ship as the Eskimo. The ship was built by the Davie Shipbuilding Company for the Canada Steamship Lines and launched on April 27, 1959. The Eskimo was sold to Transport Desgagnes, Inc. in 1980 and renamed the Mathilda Desgagnes. The ship proved very versatile and in addition to the many destinations she visited in the Great Lakes she also journeyed to ports in the Artic, Florida, Texas, New York, Portugal, and Nigeria. In January of 2007 the Mathilda Desgagnes was acquired by Transcomar Shipping in Port au Prince, Haiti and renamed the Gisela. Please click here to see another photo and additional information about the Eskimo.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Today I noticed that I had not posted once in 2012. Thankfully I am still able to add a new message before the year ends!
The site still is very active and I continue to receive e-mail messages as well as comments from all over the world concerning the ships depicted. Whether the message is from an “old salt” himself, a descendent or someone who fondly remembers watching the ships go by as a kid it just proves that although these ships are long gone they are not forgotten.
The sole picture for this year will be neither a mystery or even a ship but a submarine! The USS Sablefish plied the Great Lakes in 1959 and returned in 1961. The photo shows her on the St. Clair River. The submarine was commissioned on December 18, 1945 and decommissioned on November 1, 1969. If you would like to learn more about the USS Sablefish please click here.
Don’t forget to check back now and then! While there may not be many new posts there will always be corrections, updates and maybe even an identification or two!