1920 Merton E. Farr 1970
Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 287
Launched Sept 11, 1920
Built on speculation for the account of American Ship Building Co., parent company of Detroit Shipbuilding Co., from surplus materials left over after the World War I shipbuilding program ended and to provide continuing employment for the employees of the shipyard.
Sold July 28, 1920 (while still under construction) to operator below.
600’ LOA, 580’ LBP, 60’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2300 IHP
Enrolled at Detroit MI Nov 5, 1920 (Temp #9)
587.1 x 60.0 x 27.8, 8349 GT, 6387 NT US 220683 to:
Zenith Steamship Co., Duluth MN, G. A. Tomlinson, Mgr. (home port Duluth MN)
Entered service 1920
Transferred 1928 to Consolidated Steamship Co. (home port to Cleveland OH)
Home port to Wilmington DE 1932
Tomlinson fleets merged 1954 into Tomlinson Fleet Corporation, Cleveland OH
Laid up 1963 and 1964 seasons at Buffalo NY
Chartered for 1965 season to Gartland Steamship Co., Chicago IL
Sold 1965 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON
Resold 1966 to Scott Misener Steamships Ltd., Port Colborne ON (home port to Port Colborne ON) and renamed Nixon Berry.
Boilers converted to oil firing
Enrolled Canadian at 587.1 x 60.1 x 28.2, 9474 GT, 6965 NT Can 194835
Laid up at the end of the 1967 season at Port McNicoll ON and did not operate again
Sold for scrap 1970 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON. Resold to Italian shipbreakers. Cleared Quebec QC May 30, 1970 with str. Portadoc towed by German tug Rotesand. Tow arrived at Vado Italy July 1, 1970