Davidson, James

1920                                  James Davidson                                  1974

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 288
Launched Oct 9, 1920
Built on speculation for the account of American Ship Building Co., parent company of Detroit Shipbuilding Co., from surplus materials left over after the World War I shipbuilding program ended and to provide continuing employment for the employees of the shipyard.
Sold July 28, 1920 (while still under construction) to operator below.

600’ LOA, 580’ LBP, 60’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2300 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI Nov 5, 1920 (Temp #9)
587.1 x 60.0 x 27.8, 8349 GT, 6387 NT     US 220802     to:
Globe Steamship Co., Duluth MN, G. A. Tomlinson, Mgr. (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service 1920

Home port to Michigan City IN 1932

Tomlinson fleets merged 1954 into Tomlinson Fleet Corporation, Cleveland OH (home port to Wilmington DE)

Chartered 1964-1967 seasons to Buckeye Steamship Co., Cleveland OH

Chartered 1968 season to Columbia Transportation Division, Oglebay Norton Co., Cleveland OH.
Charter renewed for fleet (3 vessels) for 1969-1972 seasons

Laid up at end of 1968 season and did not operate again.

Fleet sold 1971 to Oglebay Norton Co., Cleveland OH

Sold for scrap 1974 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Spanish shipbreakers.  Cleared Quebec QC June 30, 1974 with str. Kinsman Independent towed by Polish tug Jantar.  Tow arrived Santander Spain July 21, 1974.

IMO 5168766



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