Ellwood, Isaac L.

1900                                  Isaac L. Ellwood                                  1961


Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter


Built at West Bay City MI by West Bay City Ship Building Co., Hull 39

This was a Cleveland Ship Building Co. hull number because the building of this vessel was transferred from that firm’s Lorain OH yard

Launched May 5, 1900

With James J. Hill, John W. Gates and William Edenborn longest vessel on the Great Lakes (until Augustus B. Wolvin of 1904 – superseded Samuel F. B. Morse of 1898)

497’ LOA, 478’ LBP, 52’ beam, 30’ depth

1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 1800 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI May 26, 1900 (Temp #85)

478.0 x 52.0 x 25.2, 5085 GT, 4431 NT     US 100707     to:

West Bay City Ship Building Co.

Entered service 1900

Reenrolled at Duluth MN June 1, 1900 (#122) to

American Steamship Co., Duluth MN, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr. (home port Duluth MN)

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

Cargo hold rebuilt 1922 to arch construction at Lorain OH

Remeasured to 25.1 depth and 5143 GT, 4018 NT

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)

Sold for scrap 1961 to Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Co., Conneaut OH and scrapped at Conneaut


See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 102





4 thoughts on “Ellwood, Isaac L.

  1. Greetings:

    I sailed on the Isaac L. in the mid to late 1940’s.

    Was this ship riveted plate construction?

    One that I sailed was built in the 1880/90’s and was so built.

    Thank you,

    claude clayton

  2. My grandfather, Charles A. Massey (Tod) sailed on this ship c. 1918.
    I have a photo of her in the American Narrows of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
    Is there a way I can send the photo to you?

    • Send it to me, hard copy to my mailing address or email to my email address on web page, and I’ll get it to one of my buddies who researches the people part of steamboats.

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