1911 Col. James M. Schoonmaker 1986 (20
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works. Hull 82
Keel laid Feb 27, 1911; launched July 1, 1911
Longest vessel on the Great Lakes (until W. Grant Morden of 1914 – superseded Shenango of 1909) (William P. Snyder Jr. entered service 1912 at same dimensions)
(Largest vessel ever built for the exclusive carriage of bulk freight until 1925)
617’ LOA, 590’ LBP, 64’ beam, 33’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 2500 IHP
Enrolled at Detroit MI Oct 7, 1911 (Temp #8)
590.0 x 64.2 x 34.2, 8603 GT, 6650 NT US 209185 to:
Great Lakes Engineering Works
Reenrolled at Buffalo NY Oct 7, 1911 (Temp #16) to:
Shenango Steamship & Transportation Co., Cleveland OH (home port Pittsburgh PA)
Entered service Oct 8, 1911 clearing Ecorse MI light to Toledo OH, where she loaded a cargo of coal for Sheboygan WI.
Transferred 1918 to Shenango Furnace Co.
Hatches to 24’ centers 1948
Repowered 1952 with steam turbine engine and oil-fired boilers
Sold 1969 to Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Pickands Mather & Co., Mgr. (home port to Wilmington DE)
Sold 1971 to Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Co., Cleveland OH
Sold 1983 to American Bulk Shipping Co. for use as a container vessel but operation cancelled and vessel returned to previous owner.
Sold 1986 to City of Toledo OH for use as a museum in Toledo harbor.
Renamed Col. James M. Schoonmaker 2011
At Toledo OH 2011 as a museum vessel