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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.