Houghton, Douglass

1899                                  Douglass Houghton                                  1969

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by Globe Iron Works, Hull 78
Launched June 3, 1899

475’ LOA, 456’ LBP, 50’ beam, 29’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 2300 IHP

Originally built with two stacks situated fore and aft.  One stack removed when the vessel was reboilered in 1910

Enrolled at Duluth MN July 26, 1899 (#5)
456.0 x 50.0 x 24.2, 5332 GT, 4034 NT     US 157552     to:
Bessemer Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service 1899

Sunk Sept 5, 1899 in collision with her towed barge John Fritz in the Middle Neebish Channel, St. Marys River.  Lost steering and grounded and the barge ran into her.  The river was closed to shipping for a week after the accident.  Vessel raised, repaired and returned to service.

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

Cargo hold rebuilt 1928 to arch construction at Conneaut OH
Remeasured to 456.0 x 50.2 x 23.9, 4515 GT, 3070 NT

Sold 1945 to Upper Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation Co., Toronto ON (home port to Toronto ON)

Enrolled Canadian at 463.6 x 50.2 x 23.9, 5107 GT, 2638 NT     Can 174976

Fleet renamed Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. 1959

Laid up at end of 1967 season

Sold 1969 to Toronto Harbour Commission for use as a breakwater and sunk at Ontario Place on Toronto ON waterfront with strs. Howard L. Shaw and Victorious.

IMO 5093349

See history in Scanner Feb 1973 (#28)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 147



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