Ormidale

(1917) 1927                                  Ormidale                                  1937 (1942)

Steel St. Lawrence River canal size bulk freighter

Built at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation, Hull 81
Launched
Built as Motor I for Norwegian interests for off-Lakes service.  Requisitioned by the United States Shipping Board at Manitowoc, renamed Lake Mohonk and left the Great Lakes upon completion

261’ LOA, 251’ LBP, 43’6” beam, 23’ depth
1 deck, 2 oil-fired diesel engines, 1000 BHP

Enrolled at
250.5 x 43.5 x 20.4, 2124 GT, 1667 NT     US 215702

Renamed Astmahco III 1919 and Ormidale 1921

Sold 1927 to Gravel Motorship Corporation, Buffalo NY, a subsidiary of Seneca Washed Gravel Corporation (home port to Buffalo NY) and returned to the Great Lakes

Entered Great Lakes service 1927

Chartered 1934 to John Roen, Sturgeon Bay WI.
Converted to crane vessel at Sturgeon Bay WI by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.

Sold 1937 to Old Ben Coal Corporation, New York NY for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes

Renamed Jupiter (Honduras) 1938 and Bluefields (Nicaragua) 1941

Torpedoed July 15, 1942 by German submarine and sunk off Cape Hatteras NC.  One life lost.  Enroute from New York NY to Havana Cuba.

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 160

 

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