Osborne, F.M.

1902                                  F. M. Osborne                                  1953


Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter


Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 312

Launched Nov 16, 1901

400’ LOA, 380’ LBP, 50’ beam, 28’ depth

1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1450 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH March 26, 1902 (#50)

380.0 x 50.0 x 28.0, 4309 GT, 3377 NT     US 121218     to:

American Ship Building Co, Cleveland OH (home port Cleveland OH)

Reenrolled at Cleveland OH April 22, 1902 (#67) to:

Steel Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, J. C. Gilchrist, Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH)

Entered service 1902

Fleet merged 1903 into Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland OH, J. C. Gilchrist, Mgr.

Gilchrist fleet went into receivership 1910

Sold at auction 1913 to Davidson Steamship Co., Duluth MN, G. A. Tomlinson, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN

Sold Dec 31, 1915 to Grand Island Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co.,Mgr. (home port to Grand Island MI) and renamed Munising 1916

Transferred 1921 to Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Co., Cleveland OH

Cargo hold rebuilt 1921 to arch construction at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works

Remeasured to 3838 GT, 2970 NT

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Traded in 1943 with four other Cleveland-Cliffs managed vessels to U. S. War Shipping Administration, Washington DC on the purchase price of strs. Cadillac and Champlain.  Operated during World War II by Cleveland Cliffs Steamship Co. and after the war on a continuing temporary charter.

Sold for scrap 1953 to Boston Metals Inc. and scrapped at Buffalo NY in 1954.




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