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SS Amasa Stone

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Dec 16, 2021

SS Amasa Stone was a 545-foot (166 m)Great Lakes freighter that was sunk as a breakwater in 1965, Charlevoix, Michigan. She was built for the Mesaba Steamship Company by the Detroit Shipbuilding Company of Wyandotte, Michigan. She was launched on March 25, 1905 as hull #158. She was powered by an 1,800-horsepower (1,300 kW)triple expansion steam engine and two scotch marine boilers.[1]

The launch of the ore carrier Amasa Stone

The steamer Amasa Stone possibly on her maiden voyage
History
 United States
Name
  • Amasa Stone
Namesake Amasa Stone
Operator
  • Mesaba Steamship Company
Port of registry  United States, Wilmington, Delaware
Builder Detroit Shipbuilding Company, Wyandotte, Michigan
Yard number 158
Launched 25 March 1905
In service 1905
Identification U.S. Registry
Fate Sunk as a breakwater in Charlevoix, Michigan
Notes Amasa Stone rescued 6 crew members from the capsized sandsucker George J. Whelan
General characteristics
Tonnage
Length 545 ft (166 m)
Beam 55 ft (17 m)
Height 30 ft (9.1 m)
Installed power 2 x Scotch marine boilers
Propulsion 1,800 hp (1,300 kW) triple expansion steam engine (1905–1952) 1,800 hp, 5-cylinder Skinner uniflow engine (1952–1965)
Capacity 10,000 tons

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On June 18, 1905 Amasa Stone was downbound with a cargo of iron ore bound from Duluth, Minnesota to Lake Erie when she rammed and sank the steamer Etruria in heavy fog. Etruria was upbound with coal from Toledo, Ohio for Superior, Wisconsin. The collision occurred about ten miles (16 km) off Presque Isle Light on Lake Huron. Amasa Stone punched a hole in starboard side abreast of the ninth cargo hatch; crew members of Etruria were rescued from lifeboats by the steamer Maritana. Amasa Stone was traveling at full speed at the time of the collision.[2][3]

In 1913 Amasa Stone was merged in the fleet owned by Interlake Steamship Company. On July 24, 1924 Amasa Stone collided with steamer Merton E. Farr in fog off Ile Parisienne, Lake Superior; the amount of money it cost to repair the damage was $7,000.[4] On October 22, 1929 the Stone made it through the same storm that sank the train ferry Milwaukee, the Stone was downbound with 10,000 tons of coal for Ludington, Michigan at the time of the sinking.[5] On July 29, 1930 Amasa Stone rescued 6 of the 21 crew members from the sandsucker George J. Whelan which capsized in heavy seas on Lake Erie, about six miles (9.7 km) north of Dunkirk, New York. In 1938 she had new boilers installed. In 1952 she was re-powered with a 1,800 horsepower, 5-cylinder Skinner uniflow engine.

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