1909 Stadacona 1 1972
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Woks, Hull 66
Keel laid Feb 22, 1909; launched May 29, 1909
500’ LOA, 480’ LBP, 56’ beam, 30’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1700 IHP
Enrolled at Detroit MI June 18, 1909 (#69)
479.0 x 56.0 x 31.0, 6014 GT, 4654 NT US 206419 to:
Great Lakes Engineering Works
Reenrolled at Detroit MI July 10, 1909 (#7) to:
Stadacona Steamship Co., Midland ON, James Playfair, Mgr. (home port to Michigan City IN)
Entered service 1909
This vessel, although an American flag vessel, was owned and operated as a part of James Playfair’s Inland Navigation Co. (later Inland Lines, Ltd., American Interlake Line and, still part of American Interlake, Canada Steamship Lines). She was never registered Canadian.
Sold Dec 16, 1920 to Pioneer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Hutchinson & Co., Mgr. and renamed W. H. McGean 1921.
Home port to Wilmington DE 1932
Sold 1962 to Ford Motor Co., Dearborn MI and renamed Robert S. McNamara.
Boilers converted to oil firing.
Hatches replaced 1966 with 5’ high trunk at Cleveland OH by G & W Welding Co. to increase her coal-carrying capacity for her use in the movement of coal from Toledo OH to the Ford River Rouge plant at Dearborn MI
Remeasured to 4633 NT
Sold 1972 to Detroit Bulk Dock Inc. for use as a dock face on the Rouge River. This use was not approved by government officials. Resold to Spanish shipbreakers. Cleared Quebec QC Dec 4, 1973 with str. Buckeye Monitor towed by German tug Seetrans I. Buckeye Monitor lost at sea Dec 16. Tow with McNamara arrived Santander Spain Jan 11, 1974