• Propeller
  • 40ffw 16M
  • 181ft Length
  • Colchester Reef, Lake Erie
  • 41 56.903   82 53.678
  • LORAN: 43795.9  56975.1

Chronological History

  • 1878, Dec Launched.
  • 1879, Apr 29 Enrolled Port Huron, MI.
  • 1880, May 29 Chartered to Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Co. ran Toledo, OH – Buffalo, NY.
  • 1881, Apr 20 Owned Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Co.
  • 1882, Dec Ashore Windmill Point, Lake Erie.
  • 1884, Nov Grounded Lonesome Point near Grand Marais, MI, Lake Superior, downbound Duluth, MN.
  • 1885, May 14 Salvaged; towed to Marquette, MI then Detroit, MI by tug KATE WILLIAMS.
  • 1886, Jun 29 Rebuilt at Port Huron; owned Elk Rapids Iron Co, Elk Rapids, MI; wooden arches removed, steam boilers by Love & Schofield.
  • 1886, Sep 10 Renamed GRAND TRAVERSE to serve in ore, coal & grain trade.
  • 1887, Apr Aground above Halstead Bridge, Duluth, grain laden; ran Buffalo – Duluth with coal & wheat.
  • 1887, Jul 8 Owned William F. Hallstead, Scranton, PA.
  • 1890 Ran Buffalo – Green Bay.
  • 1896 Owned Lackawana Transportation Co, Buffalo, NY.
  • 1896, Oct 20 Sank, Lake Erie. 
  • 1897 Owned Pfohl Brothers, Buffalo; salvaged all removeable items & machinery; Dynamited as navigation hazard.

Selection of News Articles for more #

Buffalo Morning Express 
      October 23, 1896 3-1  #

Captains who have passed the wreck say that the GRAND TRAVERSE is directly in the course. This may be, but when she was struck, she was liable to swing around. It will undoubtedly prove to be an interesting case for the courts to decide. 

Port Huron Daily Times 
      Wednesday, October 29, 1896  #

The GRAND TRAVERSE, sunk off Colchester Reef, will be raised. 

Marine Review 
      October 29, 1896  #

Sealed proposals for the wreck of the steamer GRAND TRAVERSE, sunk off Colchester reef, Lake Erie, in 30 feet of water, will be received by the Lackawanna Transportation Co. until Nov. 2. The bids will be opened at 2 o’clock on that day at the company’s office at Buffalo

The Marine Review 
      December 2, 1897  #

    Referring to the recent accident to the Buffalo steamer LACKAWANNA at Ballard’s reef, due to striking rock thrown up in the work of channel excavation, a correspondent at Ambertsburg says that as tows were constantly carrying away the floats placed over such obstructions, the contractors have tried, as far as possible of late, to give notice to vessels approaching from both directions of the condition of the channel. “If deeply laden ships will be sure of keeping the upper range open a little to the west,” he says, ‘they will clear the spot where the dredge has been working. Dredging operations that are being carried on by the Canadian government along the waterfront at the town of Amherstburg will prove of great advantage The stretch of the channel that is being dredged extends out 300 feet from the dock. At several points well out in this channel boulders weighing full four tons have been raised, and they were so smooth from big vessels rubbing over them that you would have thought they were sand-papered. A few days ago the dredge raised an oak saw log about 16 feet long and 3 feet diameter, and in it was imbedded a large blade from a steamer’s wheel. Vessel men of this place who talked with Capt. Thomas Jones of the steamer IROQUOIS is of the opinion that the obstruction which his vessel met with near Colchester several days ago was not the wreck of the steamer GRAND TRAVERSE. They are quite certain that this wreck has been cleared to a depth of more than 20 feet and they say that from the bearings given by Capt. Jones, it is more than probable that the Iroquois struck at Little’s point. Capt. Jones, whose vessel was bound up with coal, says that as near as he can judge he was about two miles above Colchester reef light, the light-bearing E.S.E. 2 ½ miles with Little’s point just abaft the beam.” 

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