1906 Abraham Stearn 1973
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Superior WI by Superior Shipbuilding Co., Hull 513
Launched Feb 28, 1906
545’ LOA, 525’ LBP, 55’ beam, 31’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1760 IHP
Enrolled at Marquette MI March 19, 1906 (Temp #37)
535.5 x 55.0 x 31.0, 6657 GT, 5140 NT US 202876 to:
Superior Shipbuilding Co.
Reenrolled at Cleveland OH April 20, 1906 (#86) to:
Commonwealth Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, W. A. Hawgood, Mgr. (home port Fairport OH)
Entered service April 1906
Sold summer 1914 to Scott Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, a subsidiary of American Ship Building Co., M. A. Hanna & Co., Mgr. and renamed Edward N. Saunders Jr. (1)
(The stockholders of Commonwealth Steamship Co. had filed a lawsuit against American Ship Building Co. in 1911, charging that they had paid illegal construction rebates to William A. and Arthur H. Hawgood, who were salaried employees of Commonwealth, on the construction of several Commonwealth vessels, and demanding payment by the shipyard of the difference between the contract prices charged and the net payments received by them on the vessels. In the final settlement the strs. Sheldon Parks, J. Q. Riddle and Abraham Stearn were returned to American Ship – the others involved having already been sold by Commonwealth to other operators – and Scott Steamship Co. was organized to own them.)
Fleet sold Oct 18, 1918 to Calumet Transportation Co., Cleveland OH, M. A. Hanna & Co., Mgr.
Fleet transferred 1930 to Producers Steamship Co.
Renamed John C. Williams 1931
Home port to Wilmington DE 1932
Fleet transferred 1937 to National Steel Corporation.
Sold 1946 to Midland Steamship Line, Cleveland OH
Boilers converted to oil firing 1955
Renamed Michael K. Tewksbury 1956
Sold 1962 to Comet Enterprises Ltd., Thorold ON, a subsidiary of Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. and renamed Outarde (2) 1963 (home port to Hamilton Bermuda).
Enrolled Bermudan at 532.6 x 55.1 x 27.2, 7438 GT, 5112 NT Br 316354
Enrollment transferred to Canada 1965 (home port to Montreal QC) Can 316354
Sold for scrap Dec 1973 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON. Resold to European shipbreakers. Cleared Quebec QC April 24, 1974 towed by German tug Fairplay X.