History Speaks

Moments in Time: Final Sinking of the Henry Steinbrenner

When Henry Steinbrenner formed the Kinsman Marine Transit Company on the Great Lakes in 1901, the company’s first ship bore Henry’s name. Although the ship worked the Great Lakes for more than 50 years, during that time it sank no less than three times: in 1909, again in 1923, and finally in 1953. In this edition of Moments in Time, WTIP’s ongoing series, Jim Shinners remembers the final sinking of the Henry Steinbrenner when the ship went down about five miles north of Grand Marais in the vicinity of Five Mile Rock along Lake Superior’s North Shore.