The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
General Marine Notes
Sturgeon Bay Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 18 Dec 1913, p. 1, column 1-2

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Six bodies were last week picked up on Canadian shore of Lake Huron, all victims of the big blow of last month.

The steamers America and Brazil, lying at the Land & Fuel company docks, have good reason to stick together. They have two crews with but a single cook.— Manitowoc Herald.

The Virginia Steamship Co. have placed an order with the American Shipbuilding Co. for a steamer 524 feet long over all, 54 feet beam, and 30 feet depth of hold, which is to be ready for delivery next May. She will cost $340,000.

Amid the screeching of every steam whistle in the city, the big new dredge “Kewaunee” arrived at her home port in tow of the tugs Manitowoc and Industry last Tuesday evening and was towed to the government docks for winter quarters. The entire government west-shore engineering fleet is now in winter quarters here—two dredges, two tugs, lighters, scows, pile drivers and cement builders.— Kewaunee Enterpris[e].

The steamer James Laughlin arrived at Green Bay on Wednesday of last week with a cargo of coal, being the last arrival of the season for the year 1913, of the big freighters. Not that boats could not have run there later, as there was little or no ice in the river up to the first of the present week, but all the boats operating on Green Bay have gone into winter quarters.

The steamer Edward Buckley, which was thrown up on the beach at Harbor Beach, Lake Huron, during the big blow the first of November, was released last week, not having suffered much damage. The Buckley was in shelter behind the breakwater, but the wind and the seas were so great that she dragged anchor and was piled high and dry on the beach. The steamer was taken to Port Huron, where she was placed in drydock for repairs and where the craft has gone into winter quarters.

An order for a vessel to replace the lost steamer Charles S. Price, and incidentally the third boat so far ordered by this company since the storm of Nov. 9, has been given. The Great Lakes Engineering company has been awarded the contract for the third boat. It will be a 9,500-ton steamer of the same construction as the second new boat which was ordered from the American Shipbuilding company recently. To date the company has made an outlay of over $900,000 for new ships.

The car ferry steamer Ann Arbor No. 2, the second boat of her kind to be built on the Great Lakes, was sold last week to the Manistique Iron Works for $5,000. The craft, which was laying at Frankfort, was towed to Manistique where she will be stripped of her machinery and converted into a stone carrier. The Ann Arbor people are said to be negotiating for the purchase of the new carferry that is in course of construction at Detroit, which is modern in every particular, for the run between Frankfort and points on the west shore.

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The WILLIAM D. CRAWFORD was the steamer ordered by the Virginia Steamship Company. The WILIAM H. DONNER was the steamer order by the Mahoning Steamship Company from Great Lakes Engineering and built at Ashtabula.
Date of Publication:
18 Dec 1913
Corporate Name(s):
Virginia Steamship Company ; American Shipbuilding Company
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.83416 Longitude: -87.37704
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General Marine Notes