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S.S. Manitoba

Sisters: Mobile, Massachusetts, Mohawk
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast, yard number 248
Launched January 28, 1892; delivered April 9, 1892; maiden voyage April 15, 1892; scrapped 1924
Hull: length 445'; beam 49'; 5,670 tons; 1 funnel; 4 masts
Power: twin screws; triple expansion engines by builder with cylinders of 22 ½", 36 ½" and 60" diameter, stroke 48"; 611 n.h.p.; steam pressure 175 lbs; fuel consumption 60 tons per day; 13 knots
Registered in London; official number 99055


The Manitoba was built for the Atlantic Transport Line's London to New York passenger service and in consort with her sister Massachusetts and the Mohawk and Mississippi.she worked the new line until all of these ships were sold to the U.S. Government in 1898. The Manitoba is recorded in the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals making 62 voyages to New York between April 1892 and June 1898.

An article in the New York Times records that her consumption of coal was 60 tons per day. In September 1894 and February 1895 Manitoba was commanded by Richard Griffiths, the commodore of the line who lost his life in the Mohegan disaster in 1898. In July 1898 she and her sisters were among the Atlantic Transport Line ships bought by the U.S. government for service as transports during the Spanish-American War. $660,000 was paid for the Manitoba, which could carry 80 officers, 1,000 men and 1,000 horses. She also had refrigerated capacity for shipping 1,000 pounds of meat.

The Manitoba was not converted for use as a transport in time to serve in the war, but she was retained afterwards for the new permanent Army transport service. She was refitted, renamed Logan, and allocated to the Pacific fleet working the San Francisco to Manila service. The Logan brought troops and refugees home from China after the Boxer rebellion. The Logan went ashore in the harbor at Honolulu in March 1909 while maneuvering to back into her slip. According to the New York Times "the big troopship" lay "with twenty-five feet of her bow resting on a reef on the south side of the narrow harbor just opposite the slip."

In 1923 the Logan was sold out of government service to E. T. Winston of Savannah, Georgia and renamed Candler pending her conversion to a school ship, but instead was scrapped the following year.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; Passenger Ships of the World Past and Present, Eugene W. Smith, Massachusetts, 1977; The Transport Service, by Patrick McSherry; Merchant Fleets in Profile 2; the Ships of the Cunard, American, Red Star, Inman, Leyland, Dominion, Atlantic Transport and White Star Lines, Duncan Haws, 1979; The New York Times, June 25, 1898; August 7, 1900; March 15, 1909

photo postcard USAT Logan
Photo postcard of USAT Logan (eBay)

photo postcard of USAT Logan
Photo postcard of USAT Logan (Kinghorn)

A postcard of U.S.A.T. Logan arriving at the army pier in San Francisco, mailed in 1902 (Kinghorn)
A postcard of USAT Logan arriving at the army pier in San Francisco, mailed in 1902 (Kinghorn)

A photo postcard of the USAT Logan at the pier in Manila (Kinghorn)
A photo postcard of the USAT Logan at the pier in Manila (Kinghorn)

photo of USAT Logan ad docksideSoldiers on deck, USAT Logan
Two photographs of USAT Logan (Martin Cox collection)


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Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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