Brown, W.W.

1902                                  W. W. Brown                                  1963 (1965)

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Chicago IL by Chicago Shipbuilding Co., Hull 52
Launched Feb 1, 1902

366’ LOA, 346’ LBP, 48’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Oswego NY April 16, 1902 (#3)
346.0 x 48.2 x 24.0, 3582 GT, 2778 NT     US 81803     to:
United States Transportation Co., Cleveland OH (home port Oswego NY)

Entered service 1902

Wilkinson fleet merged 1911 into Great Lakes Steamship Co., Cleveland OH

Cargo hold rebuilt 1915 to arch construction

Sold Dec 22, 1915 to Interstate Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, a subsidiary of Jones & Laughlin Steel Co., W. H. Becker, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Renamed Baltic 1920

Sold Jan 23, 1922 to Valley Camp Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Fairport OH) and renamed John W. Ailes.

Reconstructed 1926 and renamed Harry T. Ewig.

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Sold 1934 to Columbia Transportation Co., Cleveland OH

Converted to crane vessel 1939

Fleet renamed Oglebay Norton Co. 1959

Sold for scrap 1963 to Roen Salvage Co., Sheboygan WI.  Cut in half and reduced to two scows, both of which broke away from their tow Oct 29, 1965 on Lake Michigan.  Bow section struck breakwater at Frankfort MI and sank;  stern section grounded on Leelanau peninsula.

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 106



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