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Mackinac Islander (Tug), 1921

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      MACKINAC ISLANDER, US.221429, Mackinac Island Passenger Ship. Originally built in 1921 as fish patrol vessel by Sidney C. McLouth, Marine City, Ml as a) OLIVER H. PERRY for the Ohio Fish Commission, State of Ohio. 87'5 x 20' x 8'3"; 128 GRT. Powered by a fore & aft compound steam engine and one Scotch boiler. Purchased by Arnold Transit Co., Mackinac Island, Ml in 1938. Rebuilt that same year as a passenger vessel by Hans Hansen Welding Co., Toledo for the Mackinac Island run and renamed b) MACKINAC ISLANDER. Remained in that fleet through the 1956 season. Sold to Soo Veneer Mill, Sault Ste. Marie, Ml in spring of 1957 and converted for hauling lumber products from the North Shore of Canada and Georgian Bay to the Soo and Charlevoix, Ml. Repowered in 1957 with a diesel engine at Cheboygan, Ml. In 1968 was purchased by West Coast interests and renamed c) BELAIR in 1969. In 1970 was converted to a fishing vessel for West Coast operations. Sank with all hands off Aleutian Islands early 1974.
      Detroit Marine Historian
      Calander 1996

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Mackinac Islander (Tug), 1921