Steamer Minnesota

The Minnesota. (Image: Zenith City Press)

The Minnesota began life as the Harlem, one of two twin package freighters built in 1888 at Detroit Dry Dock in Wyandotte, Michigan.  In 1898 she stranded on a reef near the entrance of Isle Royale’s Siskiwit Bay. She was abandoned, salvaged, rebuilt, and sold (many times) until the Chicago & Duluth Transportation Company got ahold of her in 1911 and renamed her Minnesota. The ship traded hands several more times before becoming a hospital ship in 1917 for service in World War I. In order to get through the canals to the East Coast, she had to be cut in half in Cleveland, transported to Quebec, and reassembled. After the war she found herself in Jacksonville, Florida, where for a time she was operated as a floating hotel. Renamed Feliciana in 1928, she was abandoned just two years later and most likely scrapped in 1930.