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.


Anonymous TWilush said...

It's Boland & Cornelius' Sinaloa. Was retired as Hall's Stonefax.

September 07, 2015 7:00 PM  
Blogger Ookpik said...

Hi Ted,

Thanks for the identification.

September 10, 2015 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Charles Bousfield said...

Thank you for your research! My name is Charles Bousfield and I was looking for something about the Sinaloa. My interest is because my grandmother (Nellie Bousfield) was the one who christened the ship in Bay City, Michigan. I'll keep for some pictures of the ship. Was the shipyard Defoe Shipbuilding? During my early life, I worked there.

Thanks again! Charles Bousfield
8765 Hastings Blvd.
Hastings, FL 32145

February 06, 2016 9:29 AM  

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