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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Bannockburn

Ship owner: Montreal Trans. Co.

Ship builder: Sir Raylton Dixon and Co., Middlesborough, Durham, England

Engine builder: North Eastern Marine Engine Co., Sunderland, Durham; Wallsend Slipway & Engineeering Co., Wallsend-on-Tyne, Northumberland

Year ship built: 1893

Year engine built: 1893

Final disposition: Sailed from Port Arthur, Ontario, Lake Superior on November 21, 1902 and disappeared. No bodies and only a small amount of wreckage was recovered. Lakes folklore enshrined the vessel as the Flying Dutchman of the Lakes.


Bannockburn - town in Stirling County, Scotland, scene of battle between Robert the Bruce and British crown in 1314 - ended in Scottish victory and independence.

Usually towed the schooner Minnedosa.  Bannockburn was the sister ship to the Rosemount.



Montreal Trans. Co., Montreal, Quebec

Registry number: BR. 102093

Hull number: None

Vessel type: Freighter

Height: 18 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Length: 244 ft.

Stroke length: 39 in.

Gross tonnage: 1736

Net tonnage: 1035

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion

Piston 1: 21 in.

Piston 2: 34 in.

Piston 3: 56 in.

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