1897 James Watt 1961
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Cleveland OH by Cleveland Ship Building Co., Hull 26
Launched Sept 23, 1897
427’ LOA, 406’ LBP, 48’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2000 IHP
Enrolled at Cleveland OH Oct 28, 1896 (Temp #34)
405.0 x 48.0 x 23.5, 4090.28 GT, 3105.48 NT US 77236 to:
Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH. (home port Duluth MN)
Entered service May 5, 1897 towing barge Sidney G. Thomas from Cleveland carrying record cargo of coal (5500 tons plus 270 tons in bunker) for Duluth MN
Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN May 10, 1897 (#50)
Fleet merged 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.
Cargo hold rebuilt 1925 to arch construction
Remeasured to 3807 GT, 3104 NT
Sold Oct 31, 1928 to Jenkins Steamship Co., Cleveland OH
Firm reincorporated 1932 in Delaware (home port to Wilmington DE)
Sold 1936 to Carriers Transit Corporation, Cleveland OH, William Nicholson, Mgr.
Transferred March 3, 1937 to Erie Steamship Co., Cleveland OH
Transferred 1937 to Nicholson Transit Co., Detroit MI
Converted to combination bulk freighter and automobile carrier at River Rouge MI by Nicholson Terminal & Dock Co.
Remeasured to 3853 GT, 3150 NT
Sold 1961 to Acme Scrap Iron & Metal Co., Ashtabula OH. Resold to Spanish shipbreakers and towed overseas. Arrived Gijon, Spain Sept 25, 1961.
See history in Detroit Marine Historian March 1963 (#137)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 392