Parks, Sheldon

1907                                  Sheldon Parks                                  1964

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Superior WI by Superior Shipbuilding Co., Hull 516
Launched Dec 22, 1906

552’ LOA, 532’ LBP, 56’ beam, 31’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1720 IHP

Enrolled at Marquette MI April 4, 1907 (Temp #23)
540.0 x 56.0 x 31.0, 6611 GT, 5049 NT     US 203927     to:
Superior Shipbuilding Co.,

Reenrolled at Cleveland OH April 10, 1907 (#70) to:
Cuyahoga Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, W. A. Hawgood, Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH)

Entered service April 1907

Fleet transferred 1911 to Commonwealth Steamship Co.

Sold summer 1914 to Scott Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, a subsidiary of American Ship Building Co., M. A. Hanna & Co., Mgr. and renamed Edward A. Uhrig.
(The stockholders of Commonwealth Steamship Co. had filed a lawsuit against American Ship Building Co. in 1911, charging that they had paid illegal construction rebates to William A. and Arthur H. Hawgood, who were salaried employees of Commonwealth, on the construction of several Commonwealth vessels, and demanding payment by the shipyard of the difference between the contract prices charged and the net payments received by them on the vessels.  In the final settlement the strs. Sheldon Parks, J. Q. Riddle and Abraham Stearn were returned to American Ship – the others involved having already been sold by Commonwealth to other operators – and Scott Steamship Co. was organized to own them.)

Fleet sold Oct 18, 1918 to Calumet Transportation Co., Cleveland OH, M. A. Hanna & Co., Mgr.

Fleet transferred 1930 to Producers Steamship Co.

Renamed David M. Weir 1931

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Transferred 1937 to National Steel Corporation.

Sold 1953 to Midwest Steamship Co., Detroit MI, T. H. Browning, Mgr. (home port to Detroit MI)

Renamed Norman W. Foy 1955

Transferred 1957 to Browning Lines Inc.

Sold for scrap 1964 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Italian shipbreakers.  Arrived with str. David Z. Norton under tow at Genoa Italy June 14, 1964.



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