Bell, Sir Isaac Lothian

1897                                  Sir Isaac Lothian Bell                                  1979 (1983)

Steel Great Lakes bulk freight barge

Built at West Bay City MI by F. W. Wheeler & Co., Hull 118
Launched Oct 7, 1896

382’6” LOA, 366’ LBP, 45’ beam, 26’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’

Enrolled at Port Huron Nov 11, 1896 (Temp #38)
365.5 x 45.8 x 23.0, 3418.98 GT, 3158.63 NT     US 116741     to:
Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service April 27, 1897 sailing light from Bay City MI to Duluth MN, towed by steamer George Stephenson

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN May 1, 1897 (#43)

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

Cargo hold rebuilt 1925 at Conneaut OH by Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

Sold 1936 to Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Co., Duluth MN, John P. Geistman, Mgr.

Sold 1937 to Pigeon Timber Co., Port Arthur ON and renamed Blanche H. (home port Port Arthur ON
Enrolled Canadian at 366.0 x 45.1 x 21.5, 3395 GT, 3003 NT     Can 158269

Sold 1938 to Lakehead Transportation Co., Port Arthur ON

Sold 1943 to Great Lakes Lumber & Shipping Ltd., Port Arthur ON.

Sold 1948 to Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co., Thorold ON (home port to Montreal QC)

Renamed Black River 1949

Converted to motor vessel 1952 at St. Catharines ON by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd.
Remeasured to 373.0 x 44.6 x 21.5, 3587 GT, 2484 NT

Sold for scrap 1979 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON.  Resold to Bahamian and Panamanian interests and renamed Tuxpancliffe (Pan.).  Left Great Lakes Nov 1979

Scrapped 1983 at Corpus Christi TX


IMO 5045940


See history in Scanner Nov 2002 (#271)

Also in Detroit Marine Historian Nov 1979 (#213)





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