1923 The wooden steamer JAMES P. DONALDSON was built in 1880 and often worked in the lumber trade. At the end, it was used by N.M. Paterson & Sons Ltd. to bring wet grain to the company elevator for drying. The ship caught fire at the Canadian Lakehead on this date and the remains were sunk off Isle Royale, Lake Superior, on May 6, 1923.


Other names : none

Official no. : C116575

Type at loss : propeller, wood, bulk freight

Build info : 1880, Anderson & Holland, Marine City, MI [US# 76183]

Specs : 185x30x12 522g 426n

Date of loss : 1923, Mar 18

Place of loss : at Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lake : Superior

Type of loss : fire

Loss of life : none

Carrying : empty

Detail : She caught fire and burned to a total loss at her winter layup dock at the Paterson elevator. The remaining hulk was towed out and scuttled near the Welcome Islands May 6, 1923.

Sold Canadian, 1922. Owned by Paterson Steamship Lines.

Heavily damaged in a fire at Bay City, MI, in Dec, 1898.

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