Steamer
Frank H. Goodyear

 

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In a thick fog, the Frank H. Goodyear was down bound Lake Huron loaded with iron ore and was rammed in the port bow by the up bound James B. Wood 35 miles off the tip of Michigan's Thumb. The Goodyear sank in four minutes and took 19 of the 23 lives aboard to their deaths. The discovery of the steamer in 2003 revealed the intact, ornately sophisticated, luxury rail car that Mr. Goodyear had mounted to the deck of the vessel for his own use while traveling on the steamer. A number of other interesting items were discovered on the Goodyear during the exploration and filming of the wreck.

Vessel Name: FRANK H. GOODYEAR
Other Names:
none
Build Info: 1902, American Shipbuilding, Lorain, OH hull# 319
Type at loss: propeller, steel, bulk freight
Official No:
121240
Specs:
436x50x28, 4815 t
Date of Loss:
1910, May 23
Type of Loss:
collision
Lake:
Huron
Accident Place:
above Pte Aux Barques, MI
Last Updated
2-9-2004  
Cargo:
? Loss of Life: 16 to 23
 Detail: She collided with the steamer JAMES B. WOOD and sank in less than 4 minutes. WOOD was heavily damaged as well. She was one of the largest vessels in operation when lost. Had a luxury rail car installed athwart her deck for the private use of her owner. The vesselís wreck was found in the summer of 2003, 35 mi N of Port Austin.

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