McLauchlan, William

1927                                  William McLauchlan                                  1987

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 793
Launched Oct 7, 1926

600’ LOA, 580’ LBP, 60’ beam, 32’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 2200 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH
586.3 x 60.2 x 27.9, 8024 GT, 6314 NT     US 226176     to:
Interlake Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Pickands Mather & Co., Mgr. (home port Fairport OH)

Entered service March 1927

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Renamed Samuel Mather  (4) 1966

Did not operate 1975 season

Sold fall 1975 to Robert Pierson Holdings Ltd., Mississauga ON, Westdale Shipping Ltd., Mgr. (home port to Hamilton ON) and towed to Port Colborne ON

Boilers converted to oil firing winter 1975-1976 by Herb Fraser & Associates
Enrolled Canadian at 9071 GT, 6599 NT     Can 370162

Renamed Joan M. McCullough 1976

Fleet failed and sold 1982 to P. & H. Shipping Ltd., Mississauga ON and vessel renamed Birchglen  (1)

Laid up at Toronto ON at the end of the 1986 season

Sold for scrap 1987 to International Marine Salvage.  Towed to Toronto ON to store soy beans the winter of 1987-1988

Cleared Quebec QC April 26, 1988 towed by tug Orion Expeditor, towed to Sydney NS and scrapped there

IMO 5391076

See history in Scanner Feb and March 2003 (#202)
Also in Detroit Marine Historian Feb 1994 (#9)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 34



2 thoughts on “McLauchlan, William

  1. My Great Grandfather’s name was William McLauchlan and he was a Captain of tall ships – after retiring from the sea he became the postmaster in Two Harbors, MN. Curious if this ship was named after him?

    • I would doubt it.

      Since she was built for the Interlake Steamship Company, which in turn was managed by the Cleveland firm of Pickands, Mather & Co., I expect she was named for a member or close associate of one of these firms.

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