Steamer Augustus B. Wolvin, “Queen of the Lakes”

This image from Detroit Publishing Company shows the Great Lakes freighter Augustus B. Wolvin on Lake Superior at Duluth. The vessel was built for the Acme Steamship Company of Duluth and launched April 9, 1904. The Library of Congress dates the image above as “between 1904 and 1910.”

Zenith City Press provides a brief background on Captain Augustus B. Wolvin, from whom the ship gets its name, as does Downtown Duluth’s Wolvin Building, now known as the Missabe Building.

The steamer ran aground at Welland Canal in Ontario in 1967 and was later scrapped.

Below are more Detroit Publishing Company images of the Augustus B. Wolvin; no photographer is credited.


Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

From the New Haven Morning Journal and Courier, April 21, 1904. Clip via Mike Creger, digitally altered to cram the text neatly into a comment.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Also via Mike Creger, from the Sept. 20, 1909 Duluth News Tribune. It turns out the Wolvin sent the second wireless message received in Duluth.

And just a few years later, the Duluth wireless operator heard a distress call from the RMS Titanic.

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