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Midland King: 1910

Midland King: 1910

Circa 1910. "Freighter Midland King, Cleveland, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Midland King

was the second "upper laker" built for the Canadian Great Lakes grain trade, too large to navigate the old Welland and St. Lawrence canals. Launched 19 August 1903 by the Collingwood Shipbuilding Company, Ltd., at Collingwood, Ontario, for the Midland Navigation Company, Ltd., it delivered grain from the Canadian lakehead, the twin ports of Fort William and Port Arthur, to Port Colborne, Ontario, or Buffalo, for transshipment to smaller vessels that would bring the grain to Montreal for export, or to Erie Canal barges or eastern railroad connections. On its return trips it carried coal, especially to fuel the Canadian Pacific and, after 1918, Canadian National, the railroads that brought the grain to the lakehead. It is receiving such a cargo in this photograph. The vessel was scrapped at Hamilton, Ontario, in 1937.

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