Friday, November 23, 2007


Who am I?

This vessel is proved to be quite the Mystery Ship. The Rock believed that the ship may be the Stadacona. Stearman felt the stern of the ship pictured differs from the Stadacona and has identified the vessel as the Donnacona. Tonylast disagrees with both possibilities and felt that the ship is the Goderich. Tonylast bases his opinion on the number of hatches and high forecastle. Recently, Ted Wilush based his opinion on the turret style pilothouse and like Tonylast the high forecastle, has also identified the ship as the Goderich. The ship was built in 1908 for the Hannah Transit Company and launched as the Howard M. Hannah, Jr. During the “Big Storm” of 1913 the ship became stranded in Lake Huron on the Port Austin Reef. The vessel actually broke in two but eventually was rebuilt. In 1914 the ship was sold to the Great Lakes Transportation Company, Ltd. and renamed the Glenshee. The ship was acquired by Canada Steamship Lines, Ltd. in 1926 and was first renamed the Marquette but then renamed the Goderich. The ship was acquired by the Algoma Central & Hudson Bay Railway Company in 1963 and renamed the Agawa. The Goderich Elevator & Transit Company, Ltd. purchased the ship in 1968. The ship was renamed the Lionel Parsons and used as a grain storage hulk in Goderich, Ontario before being scrapped in 1983. If you would like to see additional photos and information about the Goderich please click here.


Anonymous the rock said...

This is the one that is really bugging me! Maybe the Stadacona?

December 09, 2007 7:36 AM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Rock,

The Stadacona appears to be a pretty good possibility! The ship had several sister and “near” sister ships such as the Sir James Dunn, Hochelaga and Coverdale. The unusual view of the vessel may preclude positive identification.

December 09, 2007 6:15 PM  
Anonymous steamman said...

OK It`s not the Stadacona I , different after end. It`s not the Burlington , aft end not the same at all. And it`s not the Westmount , fwd end is different . But , I am reasonably sure it`s the Donnacona , launched as the W.Grant Morden in 1928.Looks pretty well the same , especially the Funnel height. I checked all my pic archives and photo sites .

December 16, 2007 9:44 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

My photo of the Goderich doesn't give good insight on whether the photo is or isn't...but was a ship of my grandfathers [captained] toward the late 40's-to 50's I believe (would have to check). do you know when this photo was taken? Look like it was carrying quite a load. Interesting...

May 17, 2009 10:14 AM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Holly,

I believe the photo was taken in the 1940's.

September 10, 2010 10:23 PM  
Anonymous TWilush said...

This is CSL's Goderich of 1908. The vessel clearly has a turret style pilothouse and the forecastle among other defining characteristics match only Goderich.

January 10, 2013 7:25 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Ted,

Thanks for the identification.

January 18, 2013 9:16 PM  

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