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

Ship owner: Kinsman Transit Co.; P. J. Minch

Ship builder: Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio

Engine builder: Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, Ohio

Year ship built: 1882

Year engine built: 1882

Final disposition: Foundered off Knife River, Minnesota, Lake Superior, September 15, 1915. No lives lost.


One-time largest vessel on the Great Lakes.  In seasons 1887 and 1888 carried the single largest cargoes through Soo Locks (3,048 and 2,849 tons, respectively).  Name is shortened version of Iroquois Indian word "Onackatin" which refers to the Espopus Chief, one who signed the Treaty of 1669. 



1) P. J. Minch, Cleveland, Ohio

2) Kinsman Transit Co., Cleveland, Ohio  (also known as Nicholas Transit Co.?)


Registry number: US. 155048

Hull number: 4

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter

Contributor(s): Globe Iron Works

Height: 20

Width: 38

Length: 287

Stroke length: 48

Gross tonnage: 2164

Net tonnage: 1933

Materials: Iron

Engine type: Fore and Aft compound

Piston 1: 30

Piston 2: 56

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