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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Ann Arbor No. 2

Other name(s): Whale

Ship owner: Ann Arbor Railroad; Manistee Iron Works; Nicholson Transit Co.; United Fuel & Supply Co.

Ship builder: Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, Ohio

Ship re-builder: Manistee Iron Works, Manistee, Michigan

Engine builder: Samuel Hodge & Co., Detroit, Michigan

Year ship built: 1892

Year engine built: 1892

Final disposition: Sold, 1914, cut down to a barge. Junked after being run down in the St. Clair Flats by the William E. Corey, 1927.


Bow engine removed, 1893.  Put into Ann Arbor No. 3 in 1898.


b) Whale (Barge) (1916)


1) Ann Arbor Railroad Co., Ann Arbor, Michigan (1892-1913)

2) Manistee Iron Works, Manistee, Michigan (1914)

3) Nicholson Transit Co., Detroit, Michigan (1914-1926)

4) United Fuel & Supply Co. (Last owner.)

Registry number: US. 106984

Hull number: 56

Vessel type: Barge; Train Ferry

Height: 14 ft.

Width: 53 ft.

Length: 264 ft.

Stroke length: 36 in.

Gross tonnage: 1144

Net tonnage: 572

Materials: Wood

Engine type: Fore and aft compound (3)

Piston 2: 20 in.

Piston 3: 40 in.

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