Watson, Ralph H.

1938                                     Ralph H. Watson                                  1987

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 285
Launched Nov 20, 1937

611’6” LOA, 594’3 ¾” LBP, 60’ beam, 32’6” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, steam turbine engine, 2000 SHP

Enrolled at Detroit Aug 31, 1938 (Temp #7)
593.3 x 60.2 x 28.2, 8302 GT, 6130 NT     US 237854     to:Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service Sept 2, 1938 clearing Detroit MI light for Duluth MN

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN Sept 4, 1938

Fleet reincorporated 1949 in Delaware (home port to Wilmington DE)

Fleet merged July 1951 into parent United States Steel Corporation (home port to New York NY)

Fleet renamed United States Steel Great Lakes Fleet 1967 (home port to Wilmington DE)

Boilers converted to oil firing 1970 at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co.

Laid up May 16, 1980 at Duluth MN and did not operate again

Sold for scrap 1987 to Frederick F. Drontle,  towed to Sorel QC and laid up.  Resold to Turkish shipbreakers.  Cleared Sorel May 16, 1989 with str. Robert C. Stanley towed by German tug Fairplay IX.  Tow arrived Aliaga Turkey June 19, 1989

IMO 5289637

See history in Scanner May 1995 (#221)





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