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Puritan (SP 2222)


  • The third Puritan was built in 1901 by the Craig Shipbuilding Co., Toledo, OH
  • Acquired by the Navy 19 April 1918 from the Graham and Morton Transportation Co. Milwaukee, WI
  • Commissioned USS Puritan (SP 2222), 20 November 1918
  • Decommissioned 30 September 1919 at New York and sold to the Chicago, Racine & Milwaukee Line of Milwaukee
  • Struck from the Naval Register in late 1919
  • Sold in 1923 to the Michigan Transit Corp. (IL) of Chicago, IL
  • Sold in 1927 to R. Floyd Clinch of Chicago
  • Sold in 1928 to the Michigan Transit Corp. (IN) of Chicago
  • Sold in 1933 to Isle Royale Transportation (AZ) of Chicago and renamed George M. Cox
  • Struck Rock of Ages Reef, Isle Royale, Lake Superior 27 May 1933 bound from Hancock, MI for Fort William, Ontario, Canada, slid off into deep water shortly thereafter and sank. No lives lost.


  • Displacement 1,762 t.
  • Length 259'
  • Beam 40' 6"
  • Speed 15.6 kts.
  • Complement 81
  • Propulsion: Four single ended water tube boilers, one 1,600hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Puritan 77k Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Puritan 71k Underway in commercial service before World War I
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105242
    Robert Hurst
    George M. Cox
    Puritan 110k Photos courtesy of Thunder Bay Museum, Ontario, Canada Tommy Trampp
    Puritan 58k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Martin Miller, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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