Dickson, William B.

1910                                  William B. Dickson                                  1987

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 75
Keel laid March 10, 1910; launched Aug 27, 1910

601’ LOA, 580’ LBP, 58’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1800 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI Oct 7, 1910 (Temp #16)
580.0 x 58.2 x 33.2, 7568 GT, 5712 NT     US 207981     to:
Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service Oct 8, 1910 clearing Ecorse MI light for Duluth MN

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN Oct 10, 1910 (#15)

Remeasured 1940 to 587.5 x 58.2 x 28.0, 7869 GT, 6271 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)

Fleet renamed United States Steel Great Lakes Fleet 1967 (home port to Wilmington DE)

Sold 1968 to Buckeye Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Hutchinson & Co., Mgr.

Renamed Merle M. McCurdy 1969

Laid up at Buffalo NY Nov 19, 1985 and did not operate again

Sold for scrap 1987 to Triad Salvage Co., Ashtabula OH.  Towed from Buffalo to Ashtabula Dec 14, 1987.  Scrapping halted May 1988 by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency because of asbestos around her pipes.  Resold to International Marine Salvage Ltd., towed to Port Colborne ON. and scrapped there in 1988.

IMO 5390216



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