Puloe Brani

(1914) 1925                                  Puloe Brani                                  1974 (1982)


Steel twin-screw tanker


Built at Chatham England by Chatham Dock Yard
Launched May 26, 1914
Built as Servitor to carry aviation gasoline between England and France during World War I

210’ LOA, 200’ LBP, 34’2” beam, 16’3” depth

1 deck, 2 oil-fired diesel engines, 240 BHP

Enrolled at
200.0 x 34.2 x 15.2, 1023 GT, 566 NT     Br 136820

Renamed Puloe Brani 1922

Sold 1924 to McColl Bros. Ltd., Toronto ON (home port London England)

Brought to the Great Lakes 1925

Renamed B. B. McColl 1926

Severely damaged July 27, 1928 in fire at company dock in Buffalo NY harbor.  Fire aboard wooden tank barge James F. Cahill spread to vessel.  Abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss.

Sold 1929 to Ohio Tankers Inc., Cleveland OH, Capt. C. D. Secord, Mgr. and renamed A. J. Patmore.
Repaired and converted to tank barge at Ogdensburg NY by St. Lawrence Marine Railway Co.
Enrolled United States at 200.0 x 34.2 x 15.2     US 229053

Two diesel engines installed 1930

Sold 1939 for off-Lakes service and left the Great Lakes

Renamed U.S.S. Rotary (YO-148) 1942, A. J. Patmore 1945 and Peggy Reinauer 1946

Sold 1952 to Michigan Tankers Inc., Detroit MI, a subsidiary of Marathon Oil Co., renamed Detroit  (2), returned to the Great Lakes and reentered Great Lakes service 1953

Lengthened 1959 at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.  Repowered with two new diesel engines.
Remeasured to 249.5 x 34.2 x 15.2, 1156 GT, 895 NT

Sold 1974 to Hannah Inland Waterways Corporation for off-Lakes non-transportation use and laid up at Lemont IL on the Illinois Waterway.

Scrapped about 1982




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