North American


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North American at dock. From the Thomas Manse Collection
North and South American by Keith S. Gale from the Stuart Evans collection.

NORTH AMERICAN, US,21 1076, Lake Overnight Passenger Steamer built in 1913 by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Mich as Hull #107. Launched January 16, 1913 as a) NORTH AMERICAN for the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Co., Detroit, Mich. 280'loa-47'w-17'6"d; 2317 GRT, 1262 NRT. Powered by a 2,200 ihp quadruple expansion steam engine and three coal-fired Scotch boilers. She entered service in May, 1913. She and her newer fleetmate, SOUTH AMERICAN, were popular vessels that sailed the upper lakes. The NORTH was converted to oil-fired boilers and a second stack were added in 1923. The NORTH was sold to the Canadian Holiday Co., Erie, Pa, in 1963 for cross-lake service between Erie and Port Burwell and Port Dover, Ont. She was  retired from service in 1964 and was involved in uncertain purchasing deals. Subsequently she ended up as sold at public auction to the Seafarer's International Union in 1967 who purchased her for a training ship at Piney Point, Maryland. On September 4, 1967 during her tow to Piney Point, she sank unexpectedly in the Atlantic Ocean in 400 feet of water, 25 miles northeast of the Nantucket Light. There she remains to this day.


-Picture credit: The Dowling Collection, UD-M Library-