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In the Ice: 1905

In the Ice: 1905

The Detroit River circa 1905. "Transfer steamer Detroit in the ice." Previously seen here under construction. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Fantastic image!

The Detroit was the second ship built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works, and was christened November 1904. It was built for the Michigan Central RR and intended to connect Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. The Detroit was sold to the Wabash RR in 1912, and again changed hands in 1969 when the Wabash merged with Norfolk Southern. By 1970 it had been converted to barge service. In 1994, NS stopped ferry operations and the Detroit was sold for scrap.

The hull of very similar, though larger car ferry (the Manitowoc?) was moored in a slip near Ecorse MI, at the Nicholson Terminal and Docks, a few years back. US Steel is adjacent there, and it may have been scrapped.

Great image! Notice the aft ship's wheel. Not a happy helmsman who had to stand back there.

Deere John

Fabulous tractors shown here. How about finding some more for us, Dave? I would love to add to my collection of locomotives and steamboats with some tractors.

Just don't Google "Detroit Steamer"

The first thing that comes up isn't about this Ship.

Buffalo-Pitts Steam Tractors

The two on the deck are super interesting. Photos of this particular brand of tractor are really scarce.

[Click below to enlarge! - Dave]


One two levels: It is getting to be true summer, so that ice looks wonderful; and, secondly, now we can see how that previous shot just hinted at the overall vessel proportions. Again, thanks.

Great moment!

The sense of man over the elements is huge in this photo! I'm betting that pilot house up top was one COLD spot to work!

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