NICARAGUA C140963

From Bowling State University
  • Propeller
  • 98ffw
  • 241ft Length
  • Wolfe Island Graveyard
  • N44 06 966 W76 33 648 (5)

Chronological History #

1894 – Official Number US130669
1894 – Aug 15 Enrolled Port Huron, lumber carrier.
1899 – Mar 28 Enrolled Duluth, MN; owned Davidson Steamship Company, Duluth.
1905 – Mar 11 Enrolled Ogdensburg, NY; owned Ogdensburg Coal and Towing Company
1906 – (after) Boiler replaced with 13.5′ x 121″, 200psi scotch boiler.
1917 – Dec 31 Enrolled Cleveland, OH; owned Oswego Navigation Co., Mentor special district.
1919 – Feb 24 Cleveland, Documents surrendered, “sale to Canadians”,
1921 – Montreal Transportation Co., Montreal, QUE; C140963 to haul coal from Oswego, NY to Montreal.
1921 Reportedly broken up, engine installed in barge THUNDER BAY when rebuilt in 1921

NICARAGUA wooden steam barge (C 140963 ex U 130669) #


1919-1921. Original: 1,201.64 tons gross and 911.04 tons net. Capacity 1,300,000 board feet of lumber. By 1920: 1,723.7 tons gross and 1,042 net, 248.0’ (between perpendiculars) (Bascom and Gillham said 249.75’). Built by James Davidson (New Mills List said F.W. Wheeler) at West Bay City Michigan in 1894 for his own account. Yard #61. Single deck with built up sides, diagonally strapped. 63Steel arches. Three- cylinder triple expansion = 400 indicated horsepower, 100 rated horsepower. 1913-14 insurance rating = 90 coarse freight only. 1919 value $35,000. 1920 value $32,375.
NICARAGUA was originally built to carry timber.
In 1905 James Davidson sold her to the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing Co. for $29,500.
On 12 September 1905 she hit and damaged the Canada Atlantic Railway bridge across the Soulanges Canal at Coteau Landing Quebec.
Her boiler was replaced about 1906 and her bottom was caulked in 1913.
In May of 1914 she was aground at Point Vivian between Clayton and Alexandria Bay New York while downbound with a cargo of coal.
She was sold to Oswego Navigation (R.M. Wolvin) about 1917 and was chartered to Montreal Transportation Co. (also then controlled by R.M. Wolvin) 1917-18 to move coal.
Montreal Transportation Co. bought her in 1919 as part of an $186,000 package with MELVIN S. BACON, JEREMIAH GODFREY and AVON.
She hit the gates of Lock 18 of the Cornwall Canal on 8 June 1920 and later sank at the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston’s inner harbour.
Her hull was declared unseaworthy by March 1921. Her ownership was transferred to Canada Steamship Lines a little later that year and then she was raised and her engine was removed.
That engine was later used to power the Canada Steamship Lines ex Montreal Transportation Co. barge THUNDER BAY.
NICARAGUA’s registry was closed in 1923.
Raised and Scuttled 1937, Wolfe Island Graveyard, Lake Ontario

Selection of Historical Articles #

Buffalo Evening News  Friday, March 10, 1902 Amherstburg, Sept. 17 – #

James Davidson of Bay City has sold the propeller NICARAGUA, now laid up at this port, to the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing Company, and the boat will be used to carry coal on Lake Ontario for that company. The price was $29,500.      

Buffalo Morning Express  September 18, 1902 #

The STM. NICARAGUA, which went on Southeast Shoal yesterday, was released without lightering by the tug HOME RULE.      

NICARAGUA wooden steam barge (C 140963 ex U 130669). 1919-1921.

Original: 1,201.64 tons gross and 911.04 tons net. Capacity 1,300,000 board

feet of lumber. By 1920: 1,723.7 tons gross and 1,042 net, 248.0’ (between

perpendiculars) (Bascom and Gillham said 249.75’). Built by James Davidson

(New Mills List said F.W. Wheeler) at West Bay City Michigan in 1894 for his

own account. Yard #61. Single deck with built up sides, diagonally strapped.

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Steel arches. Three- cylinder triple expansion = 400 indicated horsepower,

100 rated horsepower. 1913-14 insurance rating = 90 coarse freight only.

1919 value $35,000. 1920 value $32,375.

NICARAGUA was originally built to carry timber. In 1905 James Davidson sold

her to the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing Co. for $29,500. On 12 September

1905 she hit and damaged the Canada Atlantic Railway bridge across the

Soulanges Canal at Coteau Landing Quebec Her boiler was replaced about

1906 and her bottom was caulked in 1913. In May of 1914 she was aground

at Point Vivian between Clayton and Alexandria Bay New York while

downbound with a cargo of coal. She was sold to Oswego Navigation (R.M.

Wolvin) about 1917 and was chartered to Montreal Transportation Co. (also

then controlled by R.M. Wolvin) 1917-18 to move coal. Montreal

Transportation Co. bought her in 1919 as part of an $186,000 package with

MELVIN S. BACON, JEREMIAH GODFREY and AVON.

She hit the gates of Lock 18 of the Cornwall Canal on 8 June 1920 and later

sank at the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston’s inner harbour. Her hull was

declared unseaworthy by March 1921. Her ownership was transferred to

Canada Steamship Lines a little later that year and then she was raised and

her engine was removed. That engine was later used to power the Canada

Steamship Lines ex Montreal Transportation Co. barge THUNDER BAY.

NICARAGUA’s registry was closed in 1923. Kohl says that her hull was towed

to Montreal where she was presumably broken up.

Montreal Transportation Co. Annual Directors’ Report 1920; Montreal Transportation Co.

Directors’ Minutes 8 October 1917, 11 June 1918, 18 February 1919 and 11 November 1921;

Montreal Transportation Co. Engineer’s Log Nicaragua 20 Apr-26 Aug 1919; Montreal

Transportation Co. Ship’s Log Nicaragua 20 May-1 Sept 1919; Alpena Public Library Great

Lakes Maritime Database; American Shipmaster’s Association Record of American and Foreign

Shipping 1898; Bascom and Gillham Early Ships of Canada Steamship Lines; Bowling Green

Great Lakes Vessels Online Index; Bureau Veritas Great Lakes Register 1913, 1914 and 1915;

Canadian Heritage Ship Information Database; Detroit Dry Dock Company Around the Lakes

1894, Devendorf Great Lakes Bulk Carriers 1869-1985; Greenwood Namesakes 1920-1929;

Kohl Kingston’s Shipwrecks; Lewis and Neilson The River Palace; Lloyd’s Register 1920 and

1921; Mercantile Navy List 1923; Merchant Vessels of the United States 1896; Milwaukee

Public Library Great Lakes Marine Collection; Miramar Ship Index; Moore Kingston Inner

Harbour Survey; New Mills List; Buffalo Evening News 10 March 1905; Canadian Railway and

Marine World April 1907, July 1920 and September 1921; Detroit Marine Historian November

1952; Ogdensburg Journal 20 April 1911; Schell “Canada Steamship Lines” Belgian Shiplover

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