Kotcher, Chas. W.

1908                                  Chas. W. Kotcher                                  1968

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 356
Launched Oct 26, 1907

440’ LOA, 420’ LBP, 52’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1500 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH Dec 12, 1908 (#29)
420.0 x 52.0 x 28.0, 4961 GT, 3632 NT     US 204799     to:
American Ship Building Co., Cleveland OH (home port Cleveland OH)

Reenrolled at Detroit MI Dec 26, 1907 (#
Detroit Steamship Co., Chicago IL, D. Sullivan & Co., Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Entered service June 16, 1908 clearing Lorain OH with coal for Washburn WI.

Sold Dec 15, 1915 to Wilson Transit Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Fairport OH)

Renamed Frank E. Taplin 1920

Rebuilt 1930 at Duluth MN by Marine Iron Works
Remeasured to 427.2 x 52.2 x 24.2, 4650 GT, 3446 NT

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Sold 1950 to Gartland Steamship Co., Chicago IL, D. Sullivan & Co., Mgr.

Sold 1968 to Sea-Land Service Inc. for trade in to U. S. Maritime Commission on vessels in the reserve fleet.  Resold to Spanish shipbreakers.  Arrived under tow with str. Howard M. Hanna Jr.at Cartagena Spain May 23, 1969.



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