Robert Holland (1872)
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"Like many early propellers, the Robert Holland was designed with arches to strengthen the length of the hull and a long top deck cabin to accomodate passengers. The vessel was rebuilt for passengers and package freight and remeasured ... in 1875 for the Michigan Transportation Co. of Star island, St. Clair County, Michigan...In 1878, she was sold Canadian to the Great Northern Transit Co. of Collingwood, Ontario, and renamed the Northern Queen..." "In November 1881, the Northern Queen collided with the Lake Erie off Poverty Island and rescuing the crew of the badly damaged Lake Erie, proceeded to strike the bar and broach across the channel in attempting to enter the mouth of the Manistique River. ...she began to break up ...the hull of the propeller came to rest about 100 feet inside the ends of the harbor piers in 16 feet of water...However, in 1882, the Northern Queen was raised and rebuilt again as a steam barge at Port Huron...She was returned to American registry under her original name, Robert Holland, and number as the property of an original owner." Last Document Surrendered Chicago, 5/24/1915
Final Voyage


May 11,1915. The Robert Holland was destroyed by fire while moored at the Pankratz dock in Sturgeon bay for an overhauling. "Two old wrecks will be used in the construction of the new dock being constructed at the Leathem & Smith ship yard. During the past week the hull of the partly burned steambarge Holland partly submerged north of the Universal Ship Yard, was raised and towed to where the new dock is being constructed. Several hundred feet of piling has been driven out into the bay from the company's yards, and the Holland will be placed on the inside of this piling. The old hull of the Libby Nau... will be raised and placed across the end of the Holland. Filling will be dumped in, making an excellent and permanent dock. Mr. Smith will use part of the new dock as a coal dock."
 
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