Fraser, Leon

1942                                          Leon Fraser                                   

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 287
Keel laid June 5, 1941; launched Feb 28, 1942
Longest vessel on the Great Lakes when launched and when entered service (Enders M. Voorhees, A. H. Ferbert, Benjamin F. Fairless and Irving S. Olds launched and entered service later that season at the same dimensions) (until Wilfred Sykes of 1950 – superseded Carl D. Bradley of 1927)

639’6” LOA, 623’3” LBP, 67’ beam, 35’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, steam turbine engine, 4000 SHP

Enrolled at Detroit
622.65 x 67.02 x 30.33, 10294 GT, 6439 NT     US 241856     to:
Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service June 21, 1942 clearing Detroit MI light for Duluth MN

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN June 23, 1942 (#67)

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)

Boilers converted 1970 to oil firing at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co.

Remeasured to 10291 GT, 6401 NT

Fleet made a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation 1981, renamed USS Great Lakes Fleet Inc., Duluth MN (home port to Duluth MN)

Laid up Dec 20, 1981 at Lorain OH and did not operate again for this fleet

Sold 1985 to Spitzer Marine for use as part of a residential development at the location of the former shipyard at Lorain OH.

Sold 1989 to Fraser Shipyards Inc., Superior WI and towed to Superior

Sold 1990 to Inland Lakes Management, Alpena MI

Shortened 120’ and converted to self-unloading cement carrier 1991 at Superior WI by Fraser Shipyards Inc., renamed Alpena  (2) 1991 and returned to service
Remeasured to 8018 GT, 5452 NT

IMO 5206362

In service 2011 for Inland Lakes Management

See history in Scanner May 1990 (#183)






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