(1919) 1946 Makaweli 1967
Steel St. Lawrence River canal size tanker
Built at Ashtabula OH by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 503
Launched Feb 1, 1919
Built as bulk freighter Cowee for U. S. Shipping Board for off-Lakes service during World War I, cabins and machinery aft, and left the Great Lakes upon completion.
253.4 x 43.6 x 25.1, 2507 GT, 1495 NT, US 217844. Renamed Makaweli 1922.
Converted to tanker 1937 at San Francisco CA by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co.
Damaged in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941. Repaired at San Pedro CA and returned to service.
261’ LOA, 253’6” LBP, 43’6” beam, 27’6” depth
1 deck, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1350 IHP (converted to oil firing before her return to the Great Lakes)
Sold 1946 to Lakeland Tankers Ltd., Toronto ON, a subsidiary of Cleveland Tankers Inc., Cleveland OH and returned to the Great Lakes. Rebuilt for Great Lakes service at St. Catharines ON by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd.
Enrolled Canadian at 253.5 x 43.6 x 25.1, 2665 GT, 1551 NT Can 177814 (home port Toronto ON)
Entered Great Lakes service Dec 3, 1946
Sold for scrap 1967 to Italian shipbreakers. Towed with str. Mohawk Deer by Yugoslavian tug Junak for Italy. Mohawk Deer broke loose from the tow on the morning of Nov 5, 1967 in the Gulf of Genoa, stranded off the island of Portofina and broke in two. Tow with Makaweli arrived at La Spezia Italy later that day (Mohawk Deer recovered and towed to La Spezia in December).
She was the last World War I “Laker” to operate on the Great Lakes.
See history in Scanner May 1971 (#15)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 200