The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Manitoba (1871)

Also known as:
Carmona (1888); Pittsburg
Year of Build:
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Port Robinson, Ontario
Tonnage (gross):
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Sandwich (Windsor), Ontario, Canada

First Rebuild: Official Number: 92653 Propulsion: Sidewheel Dimensions: 221 x 28 -- 1349 tons Rebuilt: Collingwood, Ontario, Canada in 1899

173x25x11 (width over paddle boxes 45') Owned by J. & H. Beatty & Co., (Northwest Transportation Co.) Thorold 1872, 1886; to Smith & Kieghley, Toronto 1888; to G. W. Brown (Port Arthur & Duluth Steam Navigation Co.) 1895; to W. J. Brown, Detroit 1898; Detroit Savings Bank 1903, operated by Georgian Bay Navigation Co. Built by M. Simpson, Port Robinson Ont. 1871. Engine(s) 44x108 by G. N. Oill, St. Catharines. Used Lake Huron & Georgian Bay to Lakehead except on Lake Ontario (Toronto-Rochester) 1890-93. Custom-House measure (pre-1877) 338t. 1899 lengthening (to 221x28x12) greatly reduced speed. Rammed and sank "Comet" 20/08/75 Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, 11 killed. Wrecked 14/11/83 near Southampton Ont., salvaged 30/05/84, laid up at Detroit during prolonged argument with insurers; did not run again until 1888 sale. Bankrupt sale Owen Sound spring 1903. Destroyed by fire 30/08/03 Sandwich (Windsor) Ont. while "tied up" for unpaid wages, buried in new dock construction. Finally demonstrated that paddle steamers were unsuited to Upper Lakes conditions.

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Manitoba (1871)