Liberty 1

1901                                  Liberty     1                                  1901 (1906)

Steel St. Lawrence River canal size bulk freight barge

Built at West Superior WI by American Steel Barge Co., Hull 145
Launched Oct 24, 1900

246’ LBP, 42’ beam, 25’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’

Enrolled at Duluth MN Oct 15, 1900 (#17)
246.6 x 42.0 x 21.2, 1944 GT, 1762 NT     US 141697     to:
Superior Shipbuilding Co., Duluth MN (home port Duluth MN)

Built by A. B. Wolvin with sister barge Loyalty and steamers Asuncion and Paraguay for ocean service.  Towed to Lorain OH late fall for final work to prepare her for salt water operation.  Was to have been towed to the coast by Paraguay but was not ready before the canal locks were closed for the winter.  Enrollment surrendered Nov 3, 1900. Paraguay, Liberty and Loyalty wintered at Lorain and operated in Great Lakes service for the 1901 season.

Reenrolled at Duluth MN April 29, 1901 (#70) to:
International Steamship Co., Duluth MN, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr.

Towed down the Welland Canal Nov 9, 1901 and left the Great Lakes

Renamed S. O. Co. No. 90 1901

Foundered Sept 26, 1906 off Tortugas FL.  Bound with petroleum from Port Arthur TX to New York NY.  All nine aboard lost.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *