Wilson, Captain Thomas

1900                                  Captain Thomas Wilson                                  1946

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Port Huron MI by Jenks Shipbuilding Co., Hull 12
Launched Aug 30, 1900

440’ LOA, 420’ LBP, 50’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1300 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI Oct 3, 1900 (Temp #17)
420.5 x 50.0 x 24.0, 4719 GT, 3959 NT     US 127469     to:
Wilson Transit Co., Cleveland OH (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service 1900

Permanent enrollment at Cleveland OH March 18, 1901 (#55)

Cargo hold rebuilt 1920 to arch construction and 12’ hatch centers at Cleveland OH by Interlake Engineering Co.

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Traded in 1943 with A. W. Osborne to U. S. War Shipping Adminstration, Washington DC on the purchase price of str. Thomas Wilson and renamed Kickapoo.  Operated during World War II by Wilson Transit Co.

Laid up end of 1944 season at Erie PA

Sold for scrap 1946 to Steel Company of Canada.  Towed to Hamilton ON and scrapped there.

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 400




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