Empire City

1897                                  Empire City                                  1968

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Cleveland Ship Building Co., Hull 28
Launched June 17, 1897

426’ LOA, 406’ LBP, 48’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 1585 IHP

Enrolled at Duluth MN Aug 5, 1897 (#1)
405.4 x 48.0 x 24.4, 4118.48 GT, 3268.65 NT     US 136623     to:
Zenith Transit Co., Duluth MN, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr. (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service Sept 1897

Fleet merged 1900 into American Steamship Co., Duluth MN, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.

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

Sold April 26, 1927 to G. A. Tomlinson, Cleveland OH and transferred May 12, 1927 to his Empire Steamship Co.

Transferred 1929 to Sumatra Steamship Co., Cleveland OH and renamed Sumatra

Converted to scraper type self-unloader at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co.

Fleet consolidated 1954 into Tomlinson Fleet Corporation, Cleveland OH

Remeasured 1957 to 4160 GT, 3310 NT

Sold 1961 to Law Quarries Transportation Ltd., Port Colborne ON, a subsidiary of R. E. Law Crushed Stone Co., N. J. Reoch, Mgr.
Enrolled British at 406.8 x 48.1 x 27.6, 4715 GT, 2860 NT     Br 316031

Renamed Dolomite 1962

To Canadian flag 1966 (home port to Port Colborne ON)     Can 316031

Chartered 1967 to Bayswater Shipping Ltd., Brockville ON

Firm discontinued operation later in season and vessel laid up

Sold for scrap 1968 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Spanish shipbreakers and towed overseas with str. Edward Y. Townsend towed by Netherlands tug Hudson.  Townsend broke loose from the tow and sank on Oct 7.  Tow arrived at Santander, Spain on Oct 20, 1968.

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 337

 

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