Mauch Chunk

1901                                  Mauch Chunk                                  1942 (1957)

Steel Great Lakes package freighter

Built at Buffalo NY by Union Dry Dock Co., Hull 98
Launched April 24, 1901

404’6” LOA, 386’6” LBP, 50’ beam, 30’ depth
2 decks, 11 hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 2100 IHP

Enrolled at Buffalo NY June 22, 1901 (#113)
381.7 x 50.5 x 15.5, 4499 GT, 3609 NT     US 93133     to:
Lehigh Valley Transportation Co., Buffalo NY, a subsidiary of the Lehigh Valley Railroad  (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service 1901

Sold Aug 10, 1920 to Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Buffalo NY and renamed W. J. Conners.

Remeasured 1924 to 4625 GT, 3735 NT

Remeasured 1934 to 28.0 depth

Requisitioned 1942 by U. S. War Shipping Administration, Washington DC for off-Lakes service.  Towed down Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans LA, where her boilers were converted to oil fuel.  Renamed Mauch Chunk and ran for the U. S. Army between San Francisco CA and Alaska.  Converted 1943 to repair vessel at New Orleans, returned to Pacific Ocean and renamed W. J. Conners.  First U. S. vessel to enter Manila harbor after its recapture in 1944.

Renamed Haeringur (Iceland) 1948

Scrapped 1957.

See history in Scanner Nov 2009 (#323)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 244



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