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Launch of the Ravenscraig: 1900

Launch of the Ravenscraig: 1900

The 251 foot Great Lakes steamer Ravenscraig was launched at the Black River yard of the Jenks Ship Building Company in Port Huron, Michigan, sometime in 1900. From this same yard Jenks launched their only passenger ship, the Eastland, in May 1903. In 1915 the Eastland would become infamous when she capsized in the Chicago river with the loss of 844 lives. The Ravenscraig sailed the Great Lakes until 1907 when she was sold for off-lakes use. View full size.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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