Name: Nisbet Grammer Operator: Eastern Steamship Company Port of registry: United Kingdom, Liverpool, England Builder: Cammell Laird & Company of Birkenhead, England Laid down: February 2, 1923 Launched: April 14, 1923 Identification: British Registry #146208 Fate: Rammed by the Dalwarnic on Lake Ontario General characteristics Class and type: Canaller Tonnage: 1725 gross 1110 net Length: 253 ft (77 m) Beam: 43.3 ft (13.2 m) Height: 20 ft (6.1 m) Installed power: 2 x Scotch marine boilers Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine
History - Skip Gillam
To this date, the bulk carrier Nisbet Grammer has been the largest steel ship to be lost in Lake Ontario. The 261 ft long freighter sank fol- lowing a collision on May 31, 1926. The final location of the wreck was not known for 88 years. The remains were discovered last August using a grid search pattern and a sonar detec- tor. The wreck hunters criss-crossed a general area when the outline of a freighter resting on the bottom was detected. A remote camera was sent to the location and confirmed that this was indeed the remains of the long sought Nisbet Grammer. The vessel was discovered between 7 and 8 miles off Somerset, NY and about 40 miles west of Rochester. It rests on the bottom in about 500 ft of water. The three-year old Nisbet Grammer sank fol- lowing a collision, in fog, with the Canadian steamer Dalwarnic. The former was on a voy- age with grain from Port Colborne, ON.