South American


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Other pictures:
South American in 1963 at Mackinac Island - By William A. Hoey.
Photo taken on the St. Clair River June, 1961.
In dry dock for a propeller replacement in 1962. By Keith Gale from the Stuart Evans collection.
South American's stack while she is blowing a salute. sound file of actual whistle.

SOUTH AMERICAN, US.212244, Lake Overnight Passenger Steamer built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Mich as Hull #1 3. Launched February 21, 1914 as a) SOUTH AMERICAN for the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Co., Detroit, Mich. 314'loa-47'w-18'd; 2662  GRT, 1427 NRT. Powered by a 2,500 ihp quadruple expansion  steam engine and three coal-fired Scotch boilers. On September 9,  1924 she caught fire at her winter lay-up  berth at Holland, Mich. Her upper works  were completely rebuilt and she was converted to oil-fired boilers and a second stack was added over the winter of 1924-25. She returned to her regular service to Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Mackinac Island, Chicago and Duluth along with her older  fleetmate, NORTH AMERICAN. In 1967 after the NORTH was withdrawn from service, the SOUTH initiated the run toMontreal's Expo 67 in 1967, which was to be her final year of Lakes service. She was sold to the Seafarer's International Union, Piney Point, Maryland as a replacement for the sunken NORTH AMERICAN. She was to be used as a dormitory and class room for the Union's Lundeburg School of Seamanship but did not pass the Coast Guard inspection. She was left to rot eventually near Camden, N.J. and was finally scrapped at Baltimore, Md in 1992.


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