Frantz, Joseph H.

1925                                  Joseph H. Frantz                                  2005

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 248
Keel laid June 2, 1924; launched Oct 18, 1924

618’ LOA, 592’ LBP, 62’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2500 IHP

Enrolled at
601.6 x 62.0 x 27.8, 8289 GT, 6436 NT     US 224409    to:
Columbia Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service April 1925

Fleet reincorporated Nov 1931 in Delaware as Columbia Transportation Co. (home port to Wilmington DE)

Repowered 1955 with Skinner Unaflow engine at Ashtabula OH by Great Lakes Engineering Works

Fleet merged Oct 1957 into parent Oglebay Norton Co.

Converted 1965 to self unloader and repowered with diesel engine and middle deck of forward cabin (which had held passenger accommodations during the years she served as fleet flagship) removed at Sturgeon Bay WI by Christy Corporation
Remeasured to 31.7 depth and 9589 GT, 7639 NT

Did not operate 2002 season

Chartered 2003 for five years to Great Lakes Associates Inc., Cleveland OH, an affiliate of Kinsman Lines

Laid up at Buffalo NY at the end of the 2004 season and charter cancelled early 2005

Sold for scrap 2005 to International Marine Salvage, Port Colborne ON, towed to Port Colborne and scrapped there.

IMO 5175707



2 thoughts on “Frantz, Joseph H.

  1. my grandfather’s half brother was capt on the Frantz in the forties his name was Capt Frank Blocklock I was hoping you had some history on him thank you

    • After doing a little research, I first find Frank Blacklock appointed as captain of the str John Owen for 1916. He then went to the David Z. Norton 1917-24 (I don’t have appointments for 1922), C. Russell Hubbard 1925, William Livingstone 1926-30. Don’t have appointments for 1931-35 (probably lots of vessels not operating during the depression) but he was on the same vessel in 1936 after her rename as S. B. Way. He captained the Howard M. Hanna 1937-43 and the Frantz 1944-47. Don’t find after 1947 — prob retired after all that service.

      You could post a question for other facts on’s Information Search. A lot of people use this service and with all of this history there is a remote chance somebody out there might know something.

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