Designed by Frank Kirby and built by Toledo Ship Building Co. of Toledo, OH in 1911, hull # 119. Launched as CHIEF WAWATAM for Mackinac Transportation Co. of St. Ignace, MI for use as a railroad ferry link crossing the Straits of Mackinac.
Keel laid on June 1, 1911, launched on August 26, 1911, sailed on maiden voyage October 16, 1911 and arrived at St. Ignace, MI for the first time on October 18, 1911.
Dimensions: 351’ 00” loa x 62’ 00” beam x 20’ 06” depth; 2,990 GRT, 1,793 NRT. Cargo capacity: 22 railcars with a combined weight of up to 2,990 tons. Power: 3 triple expansion engines for a total of 4,500 hp. The CHIEF WAWATAM had one propeller forward for ice breaking and 2 propellers aft
The Cap Arcona was a large German luxury ocean liner, formerly of the Hamburg-South America line. It transported passengers between Germany and South America up until 1940 when it was taken over by the German Navy.
Late in the war it was used for the evacuation of Germans from East Prussia. While heavily-laden with prisoners from Nazi concentration camps, she was sunk in 1945 by the Royal Air Force. Most of the passengers died, and the sinking of the Сap Arcona was one of the biggest single-incident maritime losses of life of the war, and as such one of the largest maritime losses of life in history, with about 5,000 victims.
—Steam Tugboat Bahada being ‘kept-up’ - Built in 1903, the Spreckles-owned 132-ton steam tugboat is high and dry on the shores of San Diego’s North Island; workmen caulk her hull to prevent water leakage.