Reed, James H.

1903                                  James H. Reed                                  1944


Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 154
Launched May 28, 1903

468’ LOA, 348’ LBP, 52’ beam, 28’ depth

1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, quadruple expansion engine, 1400 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI July 17, 1903 (Temp #3)
448.0 x 52.2 x 29.0, 5598 GT, 4125 NT     US 77589     to:
American Ship Building Co., Cleveland OH

Entered service 1903

Reenrolled at Duluth MN July 25, 1903 (#5) to:
Provident Steamship Co., Duluth MN, A. B. Wolvin, Mgr. (home port to Duluth MN)

Fleet sold 1913 to Lackawanna Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Pickands Mather & Co., Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH).  Fleet renamed Interlake Steamship Co.

Cargo hold rebuilt 1916 to arch construction at Toledo OH by Toledo Shipbuilding Co.
Remeasured to 25.3 depth and 5206 GT, 3841 NT

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Remeasured 1938 to 455.2 x 52.2 x 24.9, 5265 GT, 4205 NT

Sunk April 27, 1944 in collision with str. Ashcroft 20 miles north of Conneaut OH, Lake Erie.  12 lives lost.  Downbound with cargo of iron ore from Escanaba MI to Buffalo NY, Ashcroft upbound light.  Sank in 65 feet of water; hull dynamited in Nov as hazard to navigation.


See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember p. 338




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