Colgate, James B.

1892                                  James B. Colgate                                  1916

Steel whaleback bulk freighter

Built at West Superior WI by American Steel Barge Co., Hull 121
First frames laid Dec 3, 1891, launched Sept 21, 1992

328’ LOA, 308’ LBP, 38’ beam, 24’ depth
1 deck, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1000 IHP

Enrolled at Buffalo NY Oct 3, 1892 (#18)
308.0 x 38.0 x 24.0, 1713.00 GT, 1318.39 NT     US 77019     to:
American Steel Barge Co., Buffalo NY (home port Buffalo NY)

Entered service Oct 17, 1892 carrying wheat from Superior WI

Fleet sold 1900 to Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Duluth MN)

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

Sold 1915 to Standard Transit Co., Duluth MN

Foundered Oct 20, 1916 midlake, Lake Erie in the “Black Friday” storm.  26 of 27 lost (captain found two days later clinging to raft).  Enroute from Buffalo NY to Fort William Ont. with hard coal.



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