1897 Amazon 1953
Steel Great Lakes bulk freight barge
Built at Chicago IL by Chicago Ship Building Co., Hull 29
Launched June 5, 1897
390’ LOA, 376’ LBP, 46’ beam, 26’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’
Enrolled at Cleveland OH June 7, 1897 (#148)
376.0 x 46.2 x 22.4, 3599.09 GT, 3331.55 NT US 30089 to:
James Corrigan ½ & Estate of John Huntington ½, Cleveland OH (home port Fairport OH)
Entered service 1897
Transferred 1897 to Franklin Transit Co., James Corrigan, President ½ & Estate of John Huntington ½
Deepened and converted 1908 to steamer at Cleveland OH by American Ship Building Co., using the 1100 IHP triple expansion engine with coal-fired boilers from the wooden steamer Italia of 1889
Remeasured to 25.9 depth and 3702 GT, 2680 NT
Transferred 1908 to Australia Transit Co., Cleveland OH, James Corrigan, Mgr.
Sold 1916 to Pioneer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Hutchinson & Co., Mgr.
Cargo hold rebuilt 1923 to arch construction at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works
Remeasured to 3702 GT, 2680 NT
Home port to Wilmington DE 1932
Traded in 1943 with str. S. B. Coolidge to U. S. War Shipping Administration, Washington DC on the purchase price of str. Clarence B. Randall. Operated during World War II by Gartland Steamship Co., Chicago IL, D. Sullivan & Co., Mgr.
Laid up end of 1944 season at Erie PA.
Chartered 1951 to T. H. Browning Steamship Co., Detroit MI
Sold for scrap 1953 to Boston Metals Inc. and scrapped at Buffalo NY in 1954.
See history in Detroit Marine Historian Jan 1966 (#125)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 18