Bunsen, Robert W.E.

(1900) 1901                             Robert W. E. Bunsen                    1972 (19

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Chicago IL by Chicago Ship Building Co., Hull 40
Launched May 15, 1900

461’ LOA, 446’ LBP, 50’ beam, 29’6” depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 1750 IHP

Enrolled at Duluth MN June 22, 1900 (#126)
439.0 x 50.2 x 25.3, 5181 GT, 4012 NT     US 111294     to:
Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)
(Vessel apparently never sailed for this fleet.  Extensive search of 1900 vessel passages in Great Lakes newspapers has failed to find any record of this vessel.  The same is true of her sister ship Charles R. Van Hise, which was built at West Superior WI in 1900.)

Fleet merged March 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.

Entered service 1901

Cargo hold rebuilt 1922 to arch construction at Conneaut OH
Remeasured to 24.8 depth and 4473 GT, 2815 NT

Fleet reincorporated 1949 in Delaware (home port to Wilmington DE)

Fleet merged July 1951 into parent United States Steel Corporation (home port to New York NY)

Sold Dec 7, 1953 to Roen Steamship Co., Sturgeon Bay WI and renamed Marquis Roen

Converted to self-unloading crane barge 1954 at Sturgeon Bay WI by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
Remeasured to 4830 GT, 4830 NT

Conveyor self-unloading equipment added 1957

Sold 1972 for off-Lakes service.  Towed down Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans LA

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 333

 

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