1890                                  Maruba                                  1932

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 33
Launched May 17, 1890

314’ LOA, 292’ LBP, 40’ beam, 24’6”’ depth
2 decks, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH April 19, 1890 (#93)
290.6 x 40.3 x 21.1, 2311.01 GT, 1836.35 NT     US 92191     to:
Minnesota Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Pickands Mather & Co., Mgr. (home port Ashtabula OH)
Fleet owned by Minnesota Iron Mining Co. (parent company controlled by J. P. Morgan’s Federal Steel  Co. 1900-1901)

Entered service 1890

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

Sold 1912 to Lakewood Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Hutchinson & Co., Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH)

Sold Feb 14, 1918 to U. S. Shipping Board, Washington DC for off-Lakes service during World War I.  Rebuilt for ocean service at Ashtabula OH by Great Lakes Engineering Works and cut in two.  Towed to Montreal QC and rejoined by Canadian Vickers Ltd.  Sold to Inter Coast Steamship Co., Boston MA.

Sold 1923 to Hutchinson & Co., Cleveland OH.  Cut in two at Montreal QC by Canadian Vickers Ltd., and towed to Ashtabula OH for rejoining.  Up Welland Canal Aug 27, 1923.  Rebuilt for Great Lakes service by Great Lakes Engineering Works.  Reentered service Oct 1923.

Apparently suffered collision Dec 7-8, 1923 with steamer Collingwood in Lake Erie.  No lives lost.  Collingwood continued to Port Arthur ON for repairs and Maruba laid up at Cleveland.  (Never enrolled back on the Great Lakes.  Reported by the Lake Carriers’ Association as sold Sept 21, 1925 by Inter Coast Steamship Co. to Thompson Transit Co., Cleveland OH and by Merchant Vessels of the United States as sold to Westland Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Roy Black, Mgr. – both fleets owned by Capt. Mervin S.Thompson – but no known documentation of a sale and the vessel was never known to have operated after 1923.)

Sunk 1932 at Cleveland OH as part of a landfill and breakwater at the foot of 54th Street

See history in Scanner Dec 1994 (#216)




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