Date Built: 1906
Builders: The American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio
Construction: Steel Freighter Owners: Pioneer Steamship Company
Dimensions: 532 x 56 x 31
7023 gross tons
Cargo: Coal

Condition: The wreck lies upside down, pentrable only through single entry in bow.

Location: Approximately 6.5 miles NE at 60 degrees from Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse.

Depth: 130-140'

Date of Loss: May 16, 1919

GPS: N45 04.995 W83 05.087

Type of Loss: Collision

Loss of Life:
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As with the Steamer New Orleans the D.R. HANNA sinking was due to a not being in the normal shipping lanes and a light fog. On Friday May 16, 1919, shortly before 2 p.m., the 532' steel steamer D.R. Hanna, south bound from Duluth with 377,000 bushels of wheat bound for the grain elevators of Buffalo, was rammed by the 552 foot QUINCY A. SHAW just foward of it's number 4 hatch. The SHAW's damage was confined to her bow and even though she was carrying a coal cargo at the time of collision, the her watertight bulkhead held and she floated free.

When Captain S.B. Massey in the pilothouse of the HANNA sighted the upbound steel steamer QUNCY A. SHAW. It was said that "the two steamers would have passed naturally and without difficulty on the starboard side." But a port passage would have been the normal as the downbound shipping channels run closer to shore than the upbound channels. As they neared each other, the SHAW gave a single blast on her whistle for a port to port passage.

Realizing that the SHAW wouldn't pass before his bow, Captain Massey sounded his alarm bell and ordered his engineer for full reverse. After the SHAW pulled free, Captain Massey seeing that his ship would most certainly sink, ordered his 32 man crew to abandon ship. The crew launched and boarded their yawl boats and were picked up by the SHAW as the HANNA filled from the bow, finally rolling over and sinking all within a 1/2 hours time.

A bouy was set to mark the HANNA's position at the time of her sinking, and in October 1919 a diver decended on her. But because she settled to the bottom still turtled and her depth was so great, no salvage was ever attempted. The crew was transfered to the fishing tug ISABELLE at Thunder Bay and brought to Alpena Friday night.

The QUINCY A. SHAW went on to be involved in another fatal collision on May 3, 1922. The 282' barge HARRIET B. in fog off Two Harbors, Minnesota was sunk within 20 minutes of being rammed.

The insurance settlement was valued at two million dollars.


Sources: Swayze; Labadie