• Tug
  • 165ffw 53m
  • 120ft Length
  • Long Point, Lake Erie
  • 42 28.486 79 59.061

Chronological History #

  • 1881, Jun 9 First enrolled Buffalo, NY
  • 1881 Operated Buffalo-Niagara River ports
  • 1885, May 9 Owned South Shore Transportation Co., Chicago, IL
  • 1886, Apr 28 Owned John B. Lyon, Chicago
  • 1886, summer Operated in excursion Port Huron, MI-Port Hope, ONT
  • 1886, Jul 31 Owned Wm Botsford et al, Port Huron
  • 1888, Jun 5 Vessel rebuilt, C. J. Rathborne, Port Huron; 2 decks, no mast; 118 x 23 x 10′, 240.57 gross/124.63 net tons; owned C. D. Thompson, Port Huron
  • Date unknown 1 steeple compound engine, 20 3/8 + 36 x 28″, 295hp, 100rpm, Frontier Engine Works, 1872; 1 firebox boiler 9 1/3 x 16′, 115#, M. Riter, Buffalo, 1872
  • 1893 Engine into I. N. FOSTER
  • 1893, Jan 5 Burned Grand Haven, MI, Lake Michigan
  • 1893, Mar 17 Owned Leatham & Smith Towing & Wrecking Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • 1899 Described as wrecker
  • 1900 Rebuilt
  • 1906, Oct 15 Vessel rebuilt, Sturgeon Bay; 1 deck, 2 masts, 127 x 21.7 x 10.5′, 191 gross/130 net tons; renamed SMITH
  • 1916, Dec 7 Documents surrendered, Milwaukee, WI; “vessel sold foreign”; reportedly owned Reid Wrecking Co., Sarnia, ONT C138371
  • Date unknown Owned Georgian Bay Lumber Co.; HPNC engine; 24 x 34″, Cuyahoga Iron Works, Cleveland, OH
  • 1930 Owned Sincennes McNaughton Co., Montreal, QUE; 127 x 21 2/3 x 10′; fore & aft compound engine; 30 + 54 x 45″, H. G. Trout, Buffalo, 1884; 1 firebox boiler, 8 1/2 x 17′, 110#, M. Riter Co., Buffalo, 1884
  • 1930, Oct 24 Foundered off Long Point, ONT, Lake Erie

Selection of News Articles for more www.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca #

Dept. of Transport 
      Casualty List for 1930 #

SMITH, Canadian Official Number 138371, Home port, Montreal. Of 115 tons. Foundered 4 miles southeast of Long Point, Lake Erie, October 24, 1930

List of Canadian Vessels, 1920 
      Dept. of Marine & Fisheries #

SMITH, Official Canadian Number 138371. Built 1881 at Buffalo, N. Y. Homeport, Sarnia, 120 x 22 x 10 and of 218 tons gross, 115 tons reg. Owned by Reid Towing & Wrecking Co, Montreal. 

Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1911  #

 Steam screw SMITH.* U. S. No. 105993. Of 191 tons gross; 130 tons net. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1881. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 127.0 x 21.7 x 10.5 and a crew of 6. Tow service. 600 indicated horsepower. 
* formerly steam screw ALBERT J. WRIGHT.

Herman Runge List  #

Steam screw ALBERT J. WRIGHT.* U. S. No. 105993. Of 218 tons gross. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1881. 115.0 x 21.0 x 9.0 
      * Renamed SMITH – U. S. – 1907 
      SMITH – Canada – 1916 [C 138371 ] [ Foundered Long Point, Lake Erie, 1930 
     

Rests in 165 feet of water with a slight list to port.  Her wheelhouse is intact and the beautiful spoked wheel and Chadburn sit in the place at the helm.  Her stack is fallen.  Be sure to check out her whistle, which lies loosely on top of the pilothouse.  A mushroom anchor is on the port side.  When you scrape away the zebra mussels at the stern, her name and port of registry can easily be read.

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