Presque Isle Transportation Company

This three-and-a-half-foot-long swallowtail flag belonged to the small but significant fleet of the Presque Isle Transportation Company. The fleet consisted of three bulk carriers, the first Presque Isle (1898), Angeline, and the Peter White. The company formed around 1898 as its own charter but was managed by the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company assisting in the shipment of iron ore. The three vessels sailed for Presque Isle until Cleveland-Cliffs purchased the vessels between 1950-1951 bringing the fifty-three-year-old company to an end. The three vessels remained highly active with Cliffs until the mid-1950s when they were sold off again to various companies across the lakes, one of which was the Presque Isle being sold to Huron Cement in 1955 and rechristened as the E.M. Ford.

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