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January 2014

The Chieftain Under Construction

1902

The Chieftain under Construction at the Davidson Shipbuilding Company



The above photograph is from one of the Captain Frank Hamilton albums, a part of the Charles E. Frohman Collection. It was taken in 1902 at the James Davidson Shipbuilding Yard in West Bay City, Michigan. The Chieftain was Hull No. 100. (Note the sign held by the workman standing atop the vessel.) She was of 2,704 gross ton and 342 feet long. The Chieftain and her sister ships were the largest vessels on the Great Lakes. She sailed for the Davidson Steamship Company, hauling grain, coal, and iron until about 1930. Follow this link to read a detailed history of the Davidson Shipbuilding Company.