Kling, John A.

1922                                  John A. Kling                                  1982

Steel Great Lakes self-unloading bulk freighter

Built at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Hull 204
Launched Aug 5, 1922

450’ LOA, 430’3” LBP, 56’ beam, 30’4” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1600 IHP

Enrolled at
438.3 x 56.2 x 28.4, 5412 GT, 4003 NT     US 222512     to:
Rockport Steamship Co., Sheboygan WI (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service Oct 2, 1922 clearing Manitowoc WI light for Rockport MI

Lengthened 1940 at Manitowoc WI by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co.
Remeasured to 546.3 length and 6825 GT, 5417 NT

Transferred 1964 to Reiss Steamship Co.

Converted to diesel engine 1966 at Sturgeon Bay WI by Christy Corporation
Remeasured to 6829 GT, 5413 NT

Fleet sold June 1969 to American Steamship Co., Buffalo NY (Fleet managed by Boland & Cornelius but continued as a subsidiary under its former name.)

Sold 1981 to Dale Transports Ltd., Mississauga ON, Westdale Shipping Ltd., Mgr. and renamed Leadale  (2)
Enrolled Canadian at 548.0 x 56.0 x 28.0, 8332 GT, 5750 NT     Can 800249

Ran on concrete dolphin Dec 7, 1982 while backing away from her dock at Thorold ON after unloading a cargo of salt and sank at the dock.  Vessel considered not worth the cost of repairs.

Sold for scrap 1983 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON and scrapped at Port Colborne.

IMO 5173113

See history in Scanner Nov 2005 (#295)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 207



2 thoughts on “Kling, John A.

  1. I have recently acquired the ships bell from the John A. Kling greats lake freighter that was launched in 1922 and scrapped in 1983. The bell was saved from the ship prior to it being scrapped but unfortunately the clapper and hardware to hang the bell was not. I am hoping to locate suitable hardware that will allow the bell to ring again. Once I have the hardware, I know I can build a stand to hold the bell.

    The bell is solid brass and weighs approximately 50lbs. It is 10” tall and 14” wide at the bottom of the bell. The hole on the top of the bell is approximately 2” wide.

    Please let me know if you can assist me in locating hardware suitable to replace the missing parts. Also, I am in the process of researching the ship and not finding much information. If you are aware of any resources for locating information or pictures of old freighters, I would appreciate any leads.

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    • I suggest you put this message on the Information Search on boatnerd.com.

      I’m sure there are a bunch of people there who would be delighted to help you with the bell.

      As for the pictures etc., there are others who can point you in the right direction.

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