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December 12, 2013 by Richard Jenkins
It was 110 years ago today, at noon Eastern time, that Miss Alia E. Hawgood christened the new steamer Edwin F. Holmes, and the 440-foot hull of what is now the J.B. Ford slid sideways into the waters of the Black River in Lorain, Ohio, and floated for the first time. Today, the J.B. Ford becomes...
July 1, 2013 by Steven Haverty
Superior, Wisconsin - June 30, 2013. The excitement and anticipation of finally visiting the ship we have been working so hard to save was almost unbearable. Elusive sleep, weird dreams when I did get some sleep, and then simply exhaustion finally turned into amazement, enjoyment, and...
January 26, 2012 by Richard Jenkins
The J.B. Ford, originally named Edwin F. Holmes, was one of seven nearly-identical ships built for the Hawgood fleets between 1902 and 1904. She had the longest active career of any of these vessels, and is the last of them to survive afloat (the nearest runner-up was scrapped in 1974)....
November 10, 2011 by Richard Jenkins
The legend lives on, as Gordon Lightfoot so poetically put it, about that fateful night 36 years ago, when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in Lake Superior taking all 29 of her crew with her. But today marks another anniversary too. It was 98 years ago today that the Great Storm of 1913 began to...
July 5, 2011 by admin
Greetings everyone, and let me be the first to welcome you to the Great Lakes Steamship Society web page. We have worked real hard to get to this point and are excited to have reached this stage. We hope that we will have more news, and more updates in the coming weeks. In the meantime please take...