1892                                  Washburn                                  1936

Steel whaleback bulk and package freight vessel

Built at West Superior WI by American Steel Barge Co., Hull 124
First frames laid Dec 16, 1891, launched June 25, 1992

335’ LOA, 320’ LBP, 42’ beam, 25’ depth
2 decks, 8 hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1000 IHP

Enrolled at Marquette MI June 21, 1892 (#45)
320.0 x 42.0 x 25.0, 2234.49 GT, 1571.65 NT     US 81373     to:
American Steel Barge Co., Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service July 18, 1892 carrying wheat from Superior WI

Enrolled at Marquette MI Aug 30, 1892 (#11) to Minneapolis, St. Paul & Buffalo Steamship Co., a subsidiary of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway (the Soo Line)

Sold 1896 to Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Duluth MN) and renamed James B. Neilson.

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

Cargo hold rebuilt 1909 to 1 deck and arch construction

Sold Oct 28, 1927 to Spokane Steamship Co., Port Huron MI, James T. Reid, Mgr.

Converted to automobile carrier 1928 at Reid Drydock Co., Port Huron MI and renamed J. T. Reid.

Sold 1929 to Nicholson-Universal Steamship Co., Detroit MI

Scrapped 1936 at Cleveland OH

See history in Detroit Marine Historian May-June 1955 (#65)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 302



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