Buffington, Eugene J.

1909                                  Eugene J. Buffington                                  1980

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 366
Launched March 6, 1909

601’ LOA, 580’ LBP, 58’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1880 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH April 12, 1909 (#90)
580.0 x 58.0 x 32.0, 7528 GT, 5839 NT     US 206147     to:
American Ship Building Co., Cleveland OH (home port Lorain OH)

Reenrolled at Duluth MN April 19, 1909 (#42) to
Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service May 6, 1909 clearing Lorain OH for Two Harbors MN

Stranded June 21, 1942 on Boulder Reef, Lake Michigan in fog and broke in two.  Towed to South Chicago IL, repaired and returned to service

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)

Remeasured 1959 to 7546 GT, 5857 NT

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

Laid up at Duluth MN at end of 1974 season and did not operate again.

Sold for scrap 1980 to Ronald S. Enterprises.  Resold to Spanish shipbreakers.  Cleared Quebec QC Oct 4, 1980 with str. J. P. Morgan Jr. towed by tug Hirtenhurm.  Tow arrived Bilbao Spain Oct 22, 1980

IMO 5109368

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 40



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