1920 H. H. Porter 1976
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 778
Launched July 30, 1920
Built on speculation for the account of American Ship Building Co. from surplus materials left over after the World War I shipbuilding program ended and to provide continuing employment for the employees of the shipyard. Sold July 28, 1920 (before launch) to operator below.
600’ LOA, 580’ LBP, 60’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2300 IHP
Enrolled at Cleveland OH Sept 2, 1920 (#8)
580.0 x 60.2 x 27.8, 8262 GT, 6436 NT US 220605 to:
Brier Hill Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, The Tod-Stambaugh Co., Mgr. (home port Fairport OH)
Entered service Sept 3, 1920 clearing Lorain OH light for Two Harbors MN
Vessel management to Pickands Mather & Co. 1922
Transferred 1925 to Youngstown Steamship Co. and renamed Youngstown.
Fleet transferred 1930 to Interlake Steamship Co.
Home port to Wilmington DE 1932
Remeasured 1953 to 7958 GT, 6135 NT
Renamed Walter E. Watson 1957
Sold 1974 to National Steel Corporation, Cleveland OH, M. A. Hanna Co., Mgr. and renamed National Trader.
Sold for scrap 1976 to Western Metals Corporation, Thunder Bay ON and scrapped at Thunder Bay.