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Pioneer Steamship Company (Signed by Charles Hutchinson)


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Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Pioneer Steamship Company dating back to the 1910's. This document is signed by Charles Lorenzo Hutchinson as the company President. The certificate is also signed by the company Secretary, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 8 1/4" (h). 


This certificate's vignette features a Great Lakes steamer and a very ornate border.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured. Please note margin edge fault at lower right side fold.

    Historical Context

    The first steamship built by the Pioneer Steamship Company was the J. T. Hutchinson, of 3,690 gross tonnage, followed by the steamers J. J. Sullivan, 7,077 tons; D. R. Hanna," 7,023 tons; Joseph G. Butler, Jr., 6,588 tons; A. A. Augustus, 6,390 tons; G. A. Tomlinson, 6,361 tons; F. R. Hazard, 5,494 tons; Frank Billings, 5,494 tons; E. L. Pierce, 5,494 tons; Price McKinney, 4,671 tons; John Stanton, 6,129 tons; Wm. A. Paine, 5,798 tons; James P. Walsh, 5,326 tons; Martin Mullen, 4,635 tons; Harold B. Nye, 3,851 tons; Australia, 3,845 tons; and Polynesia, 3,640 tons.

    With these vessels the Pioneer Steamship Company carried on a large and active business throughout the navigating season on the Great Lakes, in cargoes of ore, stone, and grain. The business extended to all of the American ports of the Great Lakes, and customers included many of the largest business firms and corporations in the various lake cities. The firm of Hutchinson & Company, which was the operating end of the business, had its own repair yard.

    Charles Hutchinson

    Charles Hutchinson's Signature


    Charles Lorenzo Hutchinson was born in Cleveland, January 25, 1862, the son of J. T. and Emma (Camp) Hutchinson. He was educated in the Cleveland Public School and began his career on the Great Lakes in the 1880's, serving in various capacities in connection with steamship management and operation and conducting business later in a small way until 1901, when he organized the Pioneer Steamship Company, of which he remained president for over 20 years, and of the firm of Hutchinson & Company, which was the operating company.