Nettleton, A.E.

1908                                  A. E. Nettleton                                  1973

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 176
Launched April 11, 1908

545’ LOA, 525’ LBP, 55’ beam, 31’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1800 IHP

Enrolled at Oswego NY May 6, 1908 (#9)
525.0 x 55.3 x 32.0, 6286 GT, 5006 NT     US 205126     to:
Wilkinson Transportation Co., Cleveland OH (home port Oswego NY)

Entered service 1908

Wilkinson fleets merged 1911 into Great Lakes Steamship Co., Cleveland OH

Remeasured 1948 to 525.0 x 55.2 x 26.6, 6579 GT, 5165 NT

Home port to Wilmington DE 1950

Fleet sold 1957 to Wilson Marine Transit Co., Cleveland OH

Chartered 1971 to Escanaba Towing Co., Escanaba MI for 3 seasons, then to be purchased by them.  Converted to barge by addition of pushing rig on stern

Towline to towing tug parted Nov 2, 1972 in gale off Keweenaw Point, Lake Superior.  Barge recovered and towed into Keweenaw Waterway, where her cargo of storage grain for Buffalo NY, which had shifted, was trimmed and her scheduled last trip of the season completed.

Towing company failed early 1973 and vessel returned to Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland OH, which had purchased the Wilson fleet in Aug 1972.

Sold for scrap 1973 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Spanish shipbreakers.  Cleared Quebec QC June 15, 1973 with str. R. E. Webster towed by Polish tug Jantar.  Tow arrived Santander Spain July 5, 1973.

IMO 5000081



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