MAPLEGULF ex PAWNEE wooden steam barge (C 141753 ex U 150455).

1920.US measurement 639.9 tons gross, 475.02 tons net, 174’ between perpendiculars. Canadian measurement 621 tons gross, 453 net, 175.1’.Built at Marine City Michigan and completed in October 1888. Well deck, steel arches, bow sheathed for protection against ice. Compound steeple engine 80hp.

PAWNEE’s first owner was the Toledo and Saginaw Transportation Co. She was sold to Curtis and Brainerd of Toledo and entered service for them in 1889. In 1900 she went aground on Gull Island reef while towing three barges. Coincidentally, two of the barges involved, J.R. EDWARDS and MINNIE E. ORTON, were also later owned by Montreal Transportation Co. PAWNEE had extensive repairs in 1910. Bascom and Gillham state that Canada Steamship Lines acquired PAWNEE in1919 from the Reid Wrecking Co. and Miramar says that it was the Port Huron Michigan branch of the firm. The Canadian Railway & Marine World, on the other hand, reported in June of 1920 that Montreal Transportation Co. had bought this steamer from H. McMorran of Michigan, also the owner of the two barges noted above that were later bought by Montreal Transportation Co. Both the New Mills List and Miramar give her first Canadian owner as Thomas (Tom) Ranger Enderby who in 1919 was the secretary treasurer of Montreal Transportation Co. and in 1919-20 was the managing director of Canada Steamship Lines. She was not found in the Montreal Transportation Co. board minutes. Regardless of her actual ownership, MAPLEGULF was operated by Canada Steamship Lines during all her time in Canadian registry. She broke her back on Lake Ontario 15 November 1920 during a storm and was laid up at Kingston. In 1925, the hull was sacrificed during successful attempts to raise the sandsucker KELLEY ISLAND (U 212301, 414 tons gross) near Point Pelee in Lake Erie.

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