1898 - 1924

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freighter Built at West Bay City MI by James Davidson, Hull 87 Launched

312’ LOA, 295’ LBP, 44’ beam, 23’ depth 1 deck, hold beams, coal-fired boiler, triple expansion engine, 800 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI May 10, 1898 (#72) 295.0 x 44.0 x 21.0, 2226.03 GT, 1928.33 NT US 155317 to: James Davidson, West Bay City MI

Entered service 1898

Transferred 1899 to Davidson Steamship Co., Duluth MN, G. A. Tomlinson, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Foundered May 18, 1924 off Point Aux Mines, Lake Superior. Upbound with cargo of coal towing barge Chieftain (which survived), seams opened and vessel sank. Five lives lost, including Captain, Chief Engineer and wheelsman, who stayed aboard, of 19.

David Swayze Shipwreck Info

ORINOCO Other names : none Official no. : 155317 Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight Build info : 1898, J. Davidson, W. Bay City, MI hull# 87 Specs : 297x44x21, 2226g 1928n Date of loss : 1924, May 18 Place of loss : 6 miles off Agawa Bay, NW of Soo Lake : Superior Type of loss : storm Loss of life : 5 Carrying : pulpwood Detail : Towing the huge barge CHIEFTAIN, she was caught in a gale. She cut the unweildly barge loose, then foundered. Sources: lol,gwgl,sol,sbs,vbs,ns3,eas

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