US.145843, Sidewheel River Excursion Passenger Steamer built in 1900 by the Detroit Ship Building Company, Wyandotte, Michigan as Hull # 131. Launched December 30, 1899 for the White Star Steamship Company, Detroit, Michigan. 320 loa x 36 width x 223" depth; 1344 GRT, 766 NRT. Powered by a 2500 ihp inclined triple expansion steam engine and five coal-fired Scotch boilers. She was built for the run From Detroit to Port Huron, Michigan with many stops along the way. She also made occasional trips to Toledo, Ohio. She was very popular sight on her run and, with all her windows, was labeled the "Glass Hack" while maintaining her on-time schedule. On June 18, 1936 returning from Sugar Island in the lower Detroit River, she hit a submerged object and started to ship water. The captain succeeded in docking her at the Brunner-Mond coal dock at Amherstberg, Ontario and discarging her passengers, most of whom were unaware that she was sinking. Salvage efforts were unsuccessful and she was scrapped shortly afterword.
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