Allen, Martha E.

1928                                  Martha E. Allen                                  1975

Steel twin-screw Great Lakes tanker

Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 803
Launched June 9, 1928

344’9” LOA, 334’ LBP, 51’ beam, 18’6” depth
1 deck, 2 oil-fired diesel engines, 1500 BHP

Enrolled at
334.0 x 51.2 x 18.9, 2935 GT, 1994 NT     US 227895     to:
Lake Tankers Corporation, Chicago IL (home port Whiting IN)

Entered service Oct 1928.  Carried cargo of gasoline from Indiana Harbor IN to Detroit MI on maiden voyage.

Home port to Wilmington DE 1939

Repowered 1954 with 2 reconditioned diesel engines

Sold 1967 to Cleveland Tankers Inc., Cleveland OH and renamed Venus  (2)

Damaged May 4, 1972 in explosion in the St. Lawrence Seaway.  One life lost (her captain).
Repaired and returned to service.

Damaged Jan 12, 1973 in explosion in her engine room after unloading her cargo at Kipling MI.
One life lost.

Sold for scrap 1975 to Acme Scrap & Metal Co., Ashtabula OH and scrapped at Ashtabula

IMO 5226843


2 thoughts on “Allen, Martha E.

    • Thanks so much for the correction. I agree with your date and apologize for my typographical error. I try to do my steamboat stuff accurately but nobody has ever accused me of being a good typist!

      Sterling Berry

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