Cowle, John B. 2

1910                                  John B. Cowle     2                                  1978

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 379
Launched March 5, 1910

545’ LOA, 525’ LBP, 58’ beam, 31’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1760 IHP

Enrolled at Oswego NY April 6, 1910 (#4)
525.0 x 58.0 x 31.0, 6614 GT, 5134 NT     US 207277     to:
Standard Transportation Co., Cleveland OH (home port Oswego NY)

Entered service 1910

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

Home port to Wilmington DE 1950

Remeasured 1951 to 531.2 x 58.2 x 27.0, 6945 GT, 5451 NT

Fleet sold 1957 to Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland OH

Sold 1957 to Republic Steel Corporation, Cleveland OH, Wilson Marine Transit Co., Mgr.

Boilers converted to oil firing 1960

Renamed Harry L. Allen 1969

Sold 1971 to Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland OH

Damaged Jan 21, 1978 in fire while in winter layup at Capital No. 4 grain elevator of International Multifoods Corporation at Duluth MN.  Fire apparently started previous evening by workmen performing maintenance work on the elevator.  The fire destroyed the wooden elevator, which collapsed onto the forward cabins of the vessel.  Abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss and sold for scrap to Hyman Michaels Co.  Scrapped at Duluth during following year.

IMO 5173216

See history in Detroit Marine Historian June 1984 (#3)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p.81



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