mv 'Manistee' of Lower Lakes Shpg. Co.

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Freighter hailing from 1943 when she was known as the 'Adirondak' but then christened as the 'Richard J. Reiss'. Somewhere along the line they dropped the 'J', and for 19 years she was the 'Richard Reiss'. She ... Full Story
Norm Guild

Barnesville, OH

#1 Jun 10, 2006
The J. was dropped from the Richard Reiss in 1989 when ownership changed to Erie Sand Steamship Co. Sid Smith Jr., the company's owner believed it was unlucky to launch the newly acquired vessel with 13 letters in it's name. It cost a significant amount of money to actually change the vessels name as well.
Richard Johnson

Menahga, MN

#2 Feb 13, 2012
My dad sailed aboard the Richard j reiss as chief steward in the 40's. He,s gone now but every time I see a great lakes vessel, i think of him

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