Rhodes, Joshua W.

1906                                  Joshua W. Rhodes                                  1961


Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter


Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 345
Launched Aug 11, 1906

440’ LOA, 420’ LBP, 52’ beam, 28’ depth

1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1470 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH Aug 29, 1906
420.0 x 52.0 x 28.0, 4871 GT, 3586 NT     US 203273     to:
Valley Transit Co., Cleveland OH, W. H. Becker, Mgr. (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service 1906

Fleet renamed Valley Steamship Co. 1908

Fleet renamed Becker Steamship Co., Aug 4, 1922

Renamed Frank Seither   (2) 1923

Fleet sold 1930 to Midland Steamship Co., Cleveland OH

Fleet reincorporated Nov 1931 in Delaware as Midland Steamship Line (home port to Wilmington DE)

Renamed Hazen Butler 1933

Sold 1946 to Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., Detroit MI (home port to Detroit MI), fitted to carry automobiles and renamed J. P. Wells.

Sold 1951 to Ecorse Transit Co., Detroit MI, Nicholson Transit Co., Mgr.

Transferred 1958 to Nicholson Transit Co., Detroit MI

Sold for scrap 1961 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Italian shipbreakers.
Arrived under tow at LaSpezia Italy Aug11, 1962




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