Great Lakes Maritime History

History of the Great Lakes

Vol. 1 by J.B. Mansfield
Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899

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Vol. 1 of History of the Great Lakes




Past and Present.

The compilation of a complete list of all vessels that have sailed the Great Lakes is, perhaps, impossible, for many early records have been destroyed, and those remaining are sometimes incomplete. The following directory has been prepared with great care, and no available source of information that might add to the accuracy or to the number has been neglected. Few if any prominent vessels on the lakes, it is believed, have been omitted, and the list is by far the most complete that has ever been compiled. It contains with comparatively few exceptions the names of all lake craft from the earliest historical times to the present.

The abreviations used are usually self explanatory. Those most commonly employed are as follows:

b., for built.
bge., barge.
c., composite.
Can., Canadian.
col., collision.
com., commission.
cfy., car ferry.
g. t., gross tons.
Hur., Huron.
l., lake.
Mich., Michigan.
n.t., net tonnage; or sometimes, when applied to 

    Canadian vessels, new tonnage.
prop., propellor.
r., river
rev. cut., revenue cutter.
straits, Straits of Mackinac.
Sup., Superior.
stmr., steamer.
sty., steamyacht.
stcb., steam canal boat.
stpd., steam pile driver.
stl., steam lighter.
std., steam dredge.
schr., sail vessels or barges.
slp., sail sloop.
sly., sloop yacht.
U. S. Gov., United States Government.
v., vessel.
'98, 1898, etc.

By steamer is usually meant side-wheel steamer, but it includes also 
many propellers among the Canadian vessels and sometimes American 
propellers, old vessel lists not always maintaining the distinction
between side-wheel steamers and propellers:

Kaiser, Wilhelm, tug, 28 g. t., b. '74, Grand Haven, in com.
Kakabeka, Can. stmr., 75 t., b. '79, wrecked L. Sup., '97.
Kalamazoo, prop., 288 g. t., b. '88, Saugatuck, sunk by col., '92.
Kalista, sty., 10 g. t., b. '92, Geneva, O., in com.
Kaliyuga, prop., 1,941 g. t., b. '87, St. Clair, in com.
Kalkaska, prop., 679 g. t., b. '84, St. Clair, in com.
Kaloolah, Can. stmr., 350 t., b. Collingwood, '53.
Kaloolah, stmr., 450 t., b. Buffalo, '53, wrecked L. Hur., '62.
Kanaka, stmr., 14 g. t., b. '91, in com.
Kane, E. K., scow, b. '61, Black River, O., passed out. 
Kansas, schr., foundered L. Mich., '56, 11 lives lost.
Kanter, E., schr., 378 t., b. Newport.
Kanters, R., schr., 164 g. t., formerly City of Woodstock, 

   b. '73, Manitowoc, wrecked Pilot island, '96.
Karste, Fritz, tug, 27 g. t., formerly R. Davis, b. '76, 

   Sheboygan, in com.
Karl, Minnie, tug, 23 g. t., b. '83, Sheboygan, in com. 
Kasota, prop., 1,660 g. t., b. '84, Cleveland, later the A. A. Parker.
Katahdin, Can. bge., 433 n. t., b. '88, Owen Sound, in com.
Katahdin, prop., 1,380, g. t., b. '95, West Bay City, 

   chartered ocean service, '98.
Kate, Can. schr., 104 n. t., b. '66, Oakville, in com.
Kate, sty., 47 g. t., b. '89, Bay Mills, Mich., in com.
Kate, tug, wrecked, '70.
Kate, schr., wrecked, L. Ont., '70.
Kathleen, Can. prop., now Can. prop. City of London. 
Kathleen, Can. schr., 94 g. t., b. '73, Ottawa, in com.
Kathleen, Can. prop., 75 n. t., b. '86, Toronto, in com. 
Katie, tug, sunk by col., Black Rock harbor, '80.
Kaway, Rae, schr., lost '91, L. Mich.
Keane, Edward, prop., 377 g. t., later the Little Wissahicken.
Kearsarge, s. prop., 3,093 g. t., b. '94, Chicago, in com. 
Keating, A. C., schr., 326 g. t., b. '74, Trenton, in com. 
Keddle, T., Can. tug, now the prop. John Lee, Sr.
Keepsake, schr., 286 g. t., b. '64, Marine City, foundered L. Erie, '98.
Keepsake, bge., 345 t., foundered L. Hur., '85, 
Keepsake, Can. scow, 45 g. t., b. '80, River Puce, in com.
Keewatin, Can. schr., 309 n. t., b. '88, Lakeport, in com., 

   formerly schr. Paragon.
Keeweenaw, schr., sunk near Neebish rapids, '89.
Keith, Ida, schr., 489 g. t., b. '73, Saugatuck, in com.
Keith, Wm. G., schr., b. Port Huron, '69.
Kelderhouse, J., tug, 43 g. t., b. '84, Buffalo, in com.
Kelderhouse, John, 500 g. t., b. '57, Bay City, in com. 
Keller, Hugo, stcb., 130 g. t., b. '90, Ithaca, in com.
Keller, Willie, schr., 425 t., sunk by col. near au Sable, '88.
Kelley, schr., wrecked, Windmill Point, L. Erie, '70.
Kelley, tug, burned near Herson's island, '85.
Kelley Bros., tug, 17 g. t., b. '79, Muskegon, passed out, '94.
Kelley, Fred., prop., 770 g. t., b. '71, Toledo, in com.
Kelley, Kate, schr., 350 t., total loss, '69.
Kelly, C. O., prop., 259 t., burned Pembroke, '85.
Kelly, Edward, schr., 776 g. t.9 b. '74, Port Huron, in com.
Kelly, Georgie, schr., 370 g. t., b. '74, Salzburg, Mich., in com.
Kelly, Kate, schr., 257 g. t., b. '67, Tonawanda, 

   foundered Racine Point, '95 with all hands.
Kellogg, A. R., bge., 619 g. t., b. '82, in com.
Kellogg, Chas., tug., made Can. tug Charlton, '84.
Kelpie, schr., ashore.L. Mich., '65.
Kelton, Minnie E., prop., 632 g. t., b. '94, West Bay City, in com.
Kempt, Sir. James, Can. schr., 200 g. t., b. '29, Bath.
Kendall, Harvey J., prop., 399 g. t., b. '92, Marine City, in com.
Kendrick, R., Can. prop., 15 g. t., b. '74, Morrisburg, in com.
Kennedy, James, tug, 10 g. t., b. '95, Buffalo, in com.
Kennedy, Wm., tug, 86 g. t., b. '93, Buffalo, in com.
Kenosha, schr., 377 t., b. Cleveland, '54, wrecked Chicago, '56.
Kenosha, prop., 645 t., burned Sarnia, '64.
Kenozha, Can. prop., 191 g. t., b. '83, Gravenhurst, in com.
Kent, stmr., 180 t., b. Chatham, Ont., '39, sunk L. Erie by col. '45, 

   7 lives lost.
Kent, Can. schr., wrecked Thirty Mile creek, '45.
Kent, H. A., prop., burned off Gravelly Bay, '54.
Kent, Helen, schr., 144 t., abandoned L. Mich., '67.
Kent, Henry A., schr., 771 g. t., b. '73, Detroit, 

   foundered L. Sup., '97.
Kentucky, Can. prop., b. about '55, passed out.
Kentucky, prop., 366 t., b. Buffalo, '53.
Kentucky, schr., 110 t., b. Three Mile Bay, '36, wrecked L. Ont., '51.
Kenzie, John, brig., in com. '33, carried first wheat cargo 

   L. Mich. to Buffalo, '36.
Kersey, schr., b. Clayton, N. Y.
Kershaw, Charles J., prop., 1,323 g. t., b. '74, Bangor, Mich., 

   wrecked L. Sup., '95.
Kershaw, C. J., bark, 382 t., b. Cleveland, '57, sailed Detroit to 

   Liverpool '57, returned '58.
Ketcham, schr., sunk Milwaukee, '64.
Ketcham, John B., s. prop., 909 g. t., b. '92, Toledo, in com.
Ketcham, V. H., prop., 1,660 g. t., b. '74, Marine City, 'n com.
Ketchum, schr., 177 t., b. '55, wrecked L. Mich., '83.
Ketchum, James L., schr., 414 g. t., b. '67, Bangor, Mich. in com.
Kewaunee, schr., 210 g. t., b. '66, Port Huron, in com.
Kewanaw, schr., 493 g. t., b. '66, Marine City, in com.
Keweenaw, stmr., 800 t., b. Marine City, '66.
Keweenaw, s. prop., 2,511 g. t., b. '01, West Bay City, passed out, '95.
Keyes, Jerome C., sty., in com., '68.
Keyes, Mary E., b. Conneaut, '63.
Keys, D. H., schr., 183 g. t., b. '73, Trenton, in com.
Keys, M. O., schr., b. '66, passed out.
Keystone, s. tug., 94 g. t., b. '91, Buffalo, in com.
Keystone, prop., 72 g. t., b. '80, Buffalo, burned L. Mich., '98.
Keystone State, stmr., 1,354 t., b. Buffalo, '49, 

   foundered Saginaw bay, '61, 33 lives lost.
Khartoum, Can. prop., 63 g. t., b. '85, Ernestown, in com.
Kidd, Josephine, prop., burned Georgian Bay, '82.
Kidd, Minnie, Can. tug, 19 n. t., b. '83, Wiarton, in com.
Kilbola, 396 t., b. Detroit, '58.
Kilbola, 71 g. t., b. Detroit, '88.
Kildonan, Can. bge., 610 n. t., b. '88, Kingston, in com.
Killarney, Belle, Can. tug, 34 n. t., b. '92, Collingwood, in com.
Kimball, Charles, schr., 29 g. t., b. '83, Charlevoix, in com.
Kimball, S. H., schr., in com., '50.
Kimball, S. H., schr., 318 g. t., b. '64 Vermilion, O., 

   sunk by col. L. Hur., '95.
Kimball, W. C., schr., 33 g. t., b. '88, Manitowoc, passed out, '95.
Kincardine, prop., wrecked French river, '88.
King of Algiers, Can. schr., 150 g. t., b. '56, Toronto.
King, Belle, tug, sunk Peach Point, '77.
King, Ben, Can. prop., 139 n. t., b. '95, Kingston, in com.
King, C. A., schr., 316 g. t., b. '63, Cleveland, foundered L. Hur., '95.
King, C. A., schr., 394 t., damaged, '69.
King, C. G., schr., 457 g. t., b. '70, Saginaw, in com.
King, Euretta, Can. scow, 142 g. t., b., 87, Welland, in com.
King, F. J., schr., 266 t., b. Toledo, '67, sunk L. Mich., '86.
King, Fred, tug, 13 g. t., b. '89, Erie, in com.
King, George, prop., 532 g. t., b. '74, Marine City, in com.
King, James C., schr., 512 g. t., b. '67, Saginaw, in com.
King, James G., schr., 170 t., b. Dunkirk, '36.
King, Jennie, tug, 13 g. t., b. '82, St. Joseph, in com.
King, Jennie P., bark, b. Tonawanda, '63, wrecked Long Point, '66, 

   14 lives lost.
King, J. G., schr., wrecked Kalamazoo r., '56.
King, J. G., schr., 154 t., b. Dunkirk, '36, wrecked off Conneaut, '43.
King, Maggie R., Can. tug, 49 n. t., b. '72, Port Robinson, in com.
King, R. B., schr., 82 t., sunk Muskegon, '85.
King, R. S., Can. tug, now the Adam Ainslie.
King, R. S., Can. prop., 58 g. t., b. '82, Port Robinson, in com.
King Sisters, schr., 400 t., b. Toledo, '62, wrecked L. Erie, '84.
Kingbird, schr., ashore L. Erie, '19.
Kingfisher, schr., 517 g. t., b. '67, Cleveland, in com.
Kingfisher, Can. schr., 107 g. t., b. '92, Shelburn, in com.
Kingfisher, Can. prop., 24 n. t., b. '86, Port Burwell, burned, '96.
Kinghorn, Can. bge., 300 n. t., b. '71, Montreal, in com.
Kingman, M., schr., capsized Detroit r., '38.
Kingsbury, G. P., tug, 29 g. t., b. '74, Muskegon, passed out, '91.
Kingsford, schr., b. Oswego, '56, sunk L. Mich., '71.
Kingsford, Thompson, prop., 185 g. t., later the John H. Pauly.
Kingsford, Thos., prop., sunk Belleville, Ont., by col., '82.
Kingston, Can. schr., armed cruiser, b. Kingston, '16, withdrawn, '18.
Kingston, Can. stmr., b. Kingston, '33, wrecked, '47.
Kingston, Can. schr., 246 g. t., b. '16, Sacket's Harbor.
Kingston, Can. stmr., 400 t., in com., '56.
Kingston, stmr., wrecked St. Lawrence r., '48.
Kingston, Can. stmr., b. '55, Montreal, burned, rebuilt as Bavarian, 

   burned at Whitby, rebuilt, and now Algerian.
Kingston Packet, Can. schr., 70 g. t., b. '15, Kingston, wrecked.
Kinne, H. M., schr., 111 t., b. Conneaut, '41.
Kinzie, John, brig., b. '33. 
Kirby, Frank E., s. stmr., 532 g. t., b. '90, Wyandotte, in com.
Kirby, S. R., prop., 2,338 g. t., b. '90, Wyandotte, in com.
Kirk, Wm. B., stcb., 79 g. t., b. '87, Baldswinville, N. Y., 

   passed out, '96.
Kitchen, J. B., schr., 287 g. t., b. '73, Cleveland, in com.
Kitty, scow, wrecked L. Erie, '70.
Knapp, Captain, U. S. rev. cut., afloat, '26.
Knapp, F. M., schr., 384 g. t., b. '67, Ferrysburg, Mich., in com.
Knapp, Gilbert, schr., 186 g. t., b. '54, Racine, wrecked L. Mich., '96.
Knapp, L. W., tug, 17 g. t., b. '95, Richmond, O., in com
Knapp, M. A., tug, 60 g. t., b. '93, Benton Harbor, in com.
Knapp, M. A., 18 g. t., b. '80, Manitowoc, in com.
Knapp, Robbie, schr., 15 g. t., b. '72, Bailey's Harbor, in com.
Knapp's Roller Boat, b. Toronto, '97.
Knickerbocker, schr., b. before '43, lost L. Mich., '55.
Knight, Joe, Can. prop., 14 g. t., b. '70, St. Catharines, in com.
Knight Templar, tug, 38 g. t., b. '90, Milwaukee, in com.
Knight Templar, schr., 289 g. t., b. '65, Oswego, in com.
Knight, Thomas, schr., 20 g. t., b. '87, Port Clinton. O., in com.
Knoblock, Lena, prop., 87 g. t., b. '81, Buffalo, in com.
Koal Kabin, bge ., 567 g. t., b. '82, in com.
Koefer, schr., wrecked Erie, '55.
Koehn, Frederick, tug, 40 g. t., b. '86, Milwaukee, in com.
Kolfage, J. G., Can. schr., 109 n. t., b. '69, Port Burwell, in com.
Kolista, stmr., 9 g. t., b. '92, in com.
Kosciusko, schr., b. Ohio City, '47, passed out.
Kossuth, schr., wrecked near Chicago, '57.
Kossuth, tug, wrecked Grand Haven, '58.
Koyen, Edith H., schr., 38 g. t., b. '90, Wash. Harbor, Wis., in com.
Kremer, C. F., tug, 12 g. t., b. '79, Chicago, passed out, '92.
Krupp, Alfred, s. schr., 3,259 g. t., b. '96, Chicago, in com.
Kunkle Bros., tug, 55 g. t., b. '90, Ashtabula, in com.
Kunz, Dan, prop., 99 g. t., b. '88, San dusky, in com.