SOUTH AMERICAN, Passenger Steamer (U.S.212244) built in 1914 at Ecorse, MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works (Hull 1133) for Chicago, Duluth & Georgian BayTransit Co., Detroit.: 290'6"x47'1"x18'3"; 2662 GRT, 1427 NRT. Powered by a 2500 ihp quadruple expansion steam engine; 21 1/2",30 3/4",44 1/2",64" dia. x 36" stroke, built by shipyard, and three scotch marine boilers; 14'x12', built by Marine Boiler Works, Toledo, OH. Launch date February 21, 1914. Suffered a serious fire after laying up at Holland, MI, September 9, 1924. Superstructure rebuilt and second stack added. Sold to Seafarer's International Union (SIU) in fall of 1967 as replacement for the foundered NORTH AMERICAN. Departed Montreal October 27, 1967 in tow of tug SPARROWS POINT arrving at Newport News, VA on November 9, 1967. Engine removed and was converted for use as a dormitory for SIU's Lundeberg School of Seamanship at Piney Point, MD. Sold to Ships, Inc. in April, 1974 for scrapping at Camden, NJ. After years of aborted attempts to bring her back to the Lakes as a museum/restaurant ship, she was finally scrapped in 1992 after she had badly deteriorated.
-Photo taken on the St. Clair River June, 1961
From the 1994 Calendar featuring photographs by Emory A. (Bud) Massman, Jr.