1893                                  132                                  1911 (1927)

Steel whaleback bulk freight barge

Built at West Superior WI by American Steel Barge Co., Hull 132
First frames laid Feb 20, 1893, launched Jun 17, 1893

306’ LOA, 292’ LBP, 36’ beam, 22’ depth
1 deck, hatches @ 24’

Enrolled at Marquette MI May 13, 1893 (Temp #64)
292.0 x 36.0 x 22.0, 1310.82 GT, 1265.92 NT     US 53279     to:
American Steel Barge Co., Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service July 3, 1893 carrying wheat Duluth MN to Buffalo NY

Permanent enrollment at Buffalo NY Mar 23, 1894

Fleet sold 1900 to Bessemer Steamship Co., Duluth MN (home port to Duluth MN)

Fleet merged 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.

Traded  in 1910 with six other barges (117-118, 130-131 & 133-134) to Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse MI on purchase price of strs. William B. Dickson, William J. Olcott and William P. Palmer

Sold 1911 to Harper Transportation Co., Boston MA for off-Lakes service and renamed Portsmouth.  Enrolled to Philadelphia Trust, Safe Deposit and Insurance Co.  Shortened 32’ by shipyard to allow passage through Welland and St. Lawrence River canals.  Left Great Lakes summer 1911.

Foundered Oct 4, 1927 in storm off Freeport TX.  No lives lost.




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