Siemens, Sir William

1896                                  Sir William Siemens                                  1944

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 67
Launched July 25, 1896

432’ LOA, 412’ LBP, 48’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2000 HP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH Aug 24, 1896 (Temp #21)
413.2 x 48.0 x 24.0, 4344.49 GT, 3293.08 NT     US 116732     to:
Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service 1896

Fleet merged March 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.

Entered service 1896

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN Sept 5, 1896 (#8)

Cargo hold rebuilt 1925 to arch construction at Conneaut OH by Pittsburgh Steamship Co.
Remeasured to 3886 GT, 3052 NT

Sold Oct 29, 1928 to J. A. Paisley Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Valley Camp Coal Co., Mgr.

Renamed William B. Pilkey 1929

Sold 1935 to Columbia Transportation Co., Cleveland OH

Rebuilt 1941 to crane vessel at Fairport OH and renamed Frank E. Vigor
Remeasured to 418.3 x 48.2 x 23.9, 4067 GT, 3143 NT

Sunk April 27, 1944 in collision with str. Philip Minch in Pelee Passage, Lake Erie in fog.  No lives lost.  Downbound from Chicago IL to Buffalo NY with cargo of sulphur.

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 358




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