Ship Name: Mecosta 
Also Known As: None 
Type of Ship: Wood Propeller Steamer 
Ship Size: 281' x 40' x 20' 
Ship Owner: General Transit Company, C.S Barker 
Gross Tonnage: 1776 
Net Tonnage: 1418 
Typical Cargo: Freight 
Year Built: 1888 - F.W. Wheeler & Company, West Bay City, Michigan 
Official Wreck Number: 91983 
Wreck Location: 41 31.854 N 81 52.997 W 
Type of Ship at Loss: Same 
Cargo on Ship at Loss: None 
Captain of Ship at Loss: N/A 

October 29, 1922 


Greenwood states: "Launched as a bulk freighter. She was converted to a combination bulk freighter and automobile carrier at Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan in 1919. Addition of a small elevator amidship to lower and raise new automobiles did little to change the overall appearance of this ship. The vessel operated until October 22, 1922, when the hull was stripped of machinery at Cleveland, Ohio, and the hulk was towed to a point 8-3/4 miles north of 80 degrees west from the Cleveland pierhead light and scuttled in 48 feet of water in Lake Erie. This wooden vessel was launched on March 11, 1888, and was named for Mecosta, Michigan. The name was chosen because Mecosta was the site of a lumber mill, which jointly was owned by the ship's original owner and the Central Michigan Pine and Plank Company. The nearby Muskegon River was used to float logs and semi-finished products to market. The site is in the west central portion of the state's lower peninsula." 


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