1916, perhaps anticipating the United States' entry into
World War I and the coming wartime shipping boom, Tonawanda
L. O'Connor ventured into the transportation business. He
purchased the Naples and renamed it after his son, Frank.
Frank O'Connor operated profitably during the war years, but
wartime profits came at the expense of human lives. For the
O'Connor Transportation Company, the cost included the death
of young Frank O'Connor on a German battlefield on May 3,
1918. The young man's namesake met its own demise seventeen
months later. On October 2, 1919, the Frank O'Connor caught
fire and sank off the coast of Door County.
the tale of the O'Connor's final voyage