Topping, John A.

1925                                  John A. Topping                                  1994

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 251
Keel laid April 6, 1925; launched July 18, 1924

618’ LOA, 592’ LBP, 62’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2500 IHP

Enrolled at
601.6 x 62.0 x 27.8, 8289 GT, 6436 NT     US 225045    to:
Columbia Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service Sept 15, 1925 clearing Detroit MI light for Ashland WI

Fleet reincorporated Nov 1931 in Delaware as Columbia Transportation Co. (home port to Wilmington DE)

Sold 1934 to Reiss Steamship Co., Sheboygan MI and renamed William A. Reiss  (2)

Repowered 1953 with steam turbine engine

Deepened 7’6” 1963 at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corporation
Remeasured to 35.3 depth and 10849 GT, 8631 NT

Fleet sold June 1969 to American Steamship Co., Buffalo NY.  (Fleet managed by Boland & Cornelius but continued as a subsidiary under its former name.)

Sold 1972 to Kinsman Marine Transit Co., Cleveland OH

Sold 1974 to Columbia Transportation Division, Oglebay Norton Co., Cleveland OH

Boilers converted to oil firing 1976 at Cleveland OH by G & W Industries

Laid up Aug 28, 1981 at Toledo OH and did not operate again

Sold for scrap 1994 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Indian shipbreakers.  Cleared Sorel QC Aug 5, 1994 with str. Robert C. Norton towed by tug Neftegaz 56.  Tow arrived Alang India Dec 16, 1994.

IMO 5390163



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