Alpena in Alpena County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fast Steel Flyer: The Bulk Freighter Grecian
Launched in 1891, the Grecian symbolizes an era of unprecedented industrial growth and dramatic changes in technology. Newspapers heralded the steamer and her five sister ships as “fast steel flyers.” A marvel of efficiency at the time, Grecian made an impressive 35 trips and carried 93,000 tons of ore in 1896.
Between 1890 and 1920, the industrial steel giants required vast Great Lakes fleets to carry iron ore, the main raw material needed for production. The Grecian served J.P. Morgan's U.S. Steel Corporation, the nation's first billion-dollar firm.
Although quality steel bends upon impact, the Grecian’s plating proved brittle, a common defect on early steel ships. In June 1906, the Grecian struck a reef in northern Lake Huron, tearing a hole in her bottom. While being towed to Detroit for repairs, the damaged vessel flooded and sank.
Erected by Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 480 West Fletcher Street, Alpena MI 49707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Shipbuilding Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Bigger, Stronger, Faster (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fletcher Coal Piers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steaming Open the Frontier (about 400 feet away); Research Vessels (about 500 feet away); Rising from the Ashes: The New Orleans (about 500 feet away); Squeezing The Profit Margin (about 500 feet away); Propellers (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alpena.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted waist-high on a metal supporting rack.
Also see . . .
1. The Grecian. On June 7, 1906 the Grecian struck a rock and sank in shallow water at Detour Village in the St. Mary’s River. The ship was later refloated and taken in tow by the steamer Sir Henry Bessemer, en route to Detroit for (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Freighter Grecian. This link presents a photo of the Grecian at sail, as well as detailed information about the ship and shipwreck. (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Grecian Wreck. The prospect of raising the Grecian attracted at least one creative salvage company. In 1909, the Staud Canalon Salvage Company attempted to refloat the nearly 300-foot Grecian by chaining to it four canalons--huge steel tanks that could be pumped with air. Plans for raising the massive freighter were eventually abandoned after a canalon burst while positioned along side the wreck. Today, visitors can still find a huge air tank alongside the wreck, a remnant of the failed attempt to raise the ship. (Submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Fast Steel Flyer: The Bulk
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.