Jones, B.F. 1

1906                                  B. F. Jones     1                                  1955

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Ecorse MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 15
Keel laid Oct 20, 1905; launched Dec 30, 1905

552’ LOA, 530’ LBP, 56’ beam, 31’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1700 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI March 20, 1906 (Temp #42)
530.0 x 56.2 x 32.0, 6939 GT, 5492 NT     US 202839     to:
Great Lakes Engineering Works

Reenrolled at Detroit MI April 20, 1906 (Temp #60) to:
Interstate Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, a subsidiary of Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, W. H. Becker, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Entered service April 1906

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN April 26, 1906 (#201)

Rebuilt 1937 at Detroit MI.  Hatches to 24’ centers with hatch crane.
Remeasured to 538.4 x 56.2 x 27.3, 6941 GT, 5744 NT

Fleet merged 1949 into parent company Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, (home port to Pittsburgh PA)

Fleet sold Nov 15, 1952 to Wilson Transit Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Wilmington DE)

Damaged Aug 21, 1955 in collision with str. Cason J. Callaway in fog near Lime Island, St. Mary’s River.  Abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss.  Sold for scrap to Duluth Iron & Metal Co. and scrapped at Duluth MN.  Forward cabins, hatch covers and hatch crane installed on str. Sparkman D. Foster

See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember  II p. 165



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