Bielman, C.F.

1892                                  C. F. Bielman                                  1927

Wooden Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at West Bay City MI by F. W. Wheeler & Co., Hull 91
Launched July 28, 1892

291’ LBP, 41’ beam, 21’ depth
2 decks, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1050 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI Aug 2, 1892 (Temp #20)
291.0 x 41.0 x 19.8, 2056.20 GT, 1709.16 NT     US 126887     to:
C. F. Bielman, Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI)

Entered service 1892

Sold 1894 to Stewart Transportation Co. Detroit MI

Sold 1902 to McLachlan Transportation Co.,

Declared unfit for service 1911 and abandoned at Port Huron MI.  Enrollment surrendered June 14, 1916.

Sold March 27, 1917 for off-Lakes service but never left the Great Lakes.  (Cost of shortening her to leave the Great Lakes deemed too costly to be undertaken.)
Engine removed and converted to barge at Sarnia ON by Reid Wrecking Co.

Sold 1918 to Reid Wrecking Co., Port Huron MI and Sarnia ON
Repowered with double steeple compound engine

Transferred 1920 to Spokane Steamship Co.
Converted to automobile carrier

Retired from service late in 1926 season.

Towed into Lake Huron 1927 and scuttled.  Enrollment surrendered June 29, 1927

See history in Detroit Marine Historian Sept 1963 (#141)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 47

 

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