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Pontiac (SP 2343)


Ferryboat:

  • The third Pontiac was built in 1883 as Pioneer at East Providence, RI
  • Acquired by the Navy 4 March 1918
  • Returned to her owner 5 June 1918
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 112 t.
  • Length 114'
  • Beam 22' 2"
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Speed 8 kts.
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    Pontiac 48k Pontiac or Obwandiyag (c. 1720 April 20, 1769) was an Odawa war chief who became noted for his role in Pontiac's War (17631766), an American Indian struggle against British military occupation of the Great Lakes region and named for him. It followed the British victory in the French and Indian War, the North American front of the Seven Years' War. Pontiac's importance has been debated in the war that bears his name. Nineteenth-century accounts portrayed him as the mastermind and leader of the revolt, but some subsequent scholars argued that his role had been exaggerated. Historians today generally view him as an important local leader who influenced a wider movement that he did not command Tommy Trampp
    Pontiac 84k Photographed prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102138
    Naval Historical Center
    Pontiac 77k Tied up in the ice, prior to her World War I Navy service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102139

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