1943 Lehigh 3 1994 (2005)
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 295
Keel laid Dec 29, 1942, launched July 24, 1943
Built for U. S. Maritime Commission, Class L6-S-B1 under its World War II vessel construction program. Launched as Mesabi. Renamed Lehigh and delivered at commissioning to Bethlehem Transportation Corporation, taking in trade (for this vessel and str. Steelton) three older vessels of the fleet for part of the purchase price
620’6” LOA, 604’ LBP, 60’ beam, 35’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, 18 hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2500 IHP
603.8 x 60.2 x 30.2, 9057 GT, 6793 NT US 244450 to:
Bethlehem Transportation Corporation, Cleveland OH
Entered service Nov 1, 1943 clearing River Rouge MI for Marquette MI
Boilers converted to oil firing 1971 at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation
Remeasured to 9032 GT, 5760 NT
Laid up at end of 1979 season at Erie PA and did not operate again for this fleet
Sold 1981 to Pierson Steamships Ltd. (Soo River Co.), Thorold ON and renamed Joseph X. Robert.
Enrolled Canadian Can 393816 (home port to Hamilton ON)
Measured at 604 length and 10258 GT, 6974 NT
Fleet went into receivership 1982 and sold to P & H Shipping Ltd., Mississauga ON and vessel renamed Willowglen.
Laid up Dec 21, 1992 at Owen Sound ON and did not operate again
Sold 1994 to Goderich Elevators Ltd., Goderich ON for use as a grain storage vessel in Goderich harbor. Towed to Goderich Aug 1994.
Sold for scrap 2005 to Turkish shipbreakers. Arrived under tow at Aliaga Turkey Oct 28, 2005