Bessemer, Sir Henry

1896                                  Sir Henry Bessemer                                  1954 (1971)

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 66
Launched May 9, 1896

432’ LOA, 412’ LBP, 48’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, 12 hatches @ 28’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2000 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH June 30, 1896 (Temp #115)
413.2 x 48.0 x 24.0, 4321.10 GT, 3293.08 NT     US 116723     to:
Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service July 1896

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN Sept 8, 1896 (#

Fleet merged March 1901 into Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Duluth MN, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.

Cargo hold rebuilt 1921 to arch construction at Conneaut OH by Pittsburgh Steamship Co.
Remeasured to 3850 GT, 2709 NT

Sold Oct 29, 1928 to Lakewood Steamship Co., Cleveland OH

Renamed Michael J. Bartelme  1929

Sold 1935 to Columbia Transportation Co., Cleveland OH

Renamed Wolverine  (1)  1943

Sold 1954 to Merritt, Chapman & Scott Corporation, Cleveland OH for use as a storage hulk at the Straits of Mackinac during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.  Hull buckled Nov 1955 under the weight of steel and tools stored aboard.  Sold 1956 to Roen Steamship Co., Sturgeon Bay WI and used by them as a temporary breakwall during harbor construction at Harrisville MI and then at Leland MI.  Later used as a tie up dock at Sturgeon Bay WI.  Sold 1966 to Hudson Waterways Corp., New York NY under U. S. Maritime Commission trade-in program.  Sold back to Roen and scrapped 1971 at Sturgeon Bay.




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