Robinson, T.W.

1925                                  T. W. Robinson                                  1987


Steel self-unloading Great Lakes bulk freighter


Built at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 790
Launched April 25, 1925

586’ LOA, 566’ LBP, 60’ beam, 32’ depth

1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 12’, coal-fired boilers, turbo-electric engine, 3000 SHP
First turbo-electric engine on a large Great Lakes vessel

Enrolled at
572.6 x 60.2 x 29.5, 7726 GT, 6118 NT     US 224836     to:
Bradley Transportation Co., Rogers City MI (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service July 11, 1925

Fleet merged 1951 into parent United States Steel Corporation

Fleet transferred 1967 to United States Steel Great Lakes Fleet (home port to Wilmington DE)

Fleet made a subsidiary of United States Steel Corporation 1981, renamed USS Great Lakes Fleet Inc., Duluth MN (home port to Duluth MN)

Laid up May 23, 1982 at Calcite MI and did not operate again

Sold for scrap 1987 to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne ON  Resold to Brazilian shipbreakers.
Cleared Quebec QC Aug 11, 1987 with str. 265808 (ex Benson Ford [3]) towed by Polish tug Jantar.  Tow arrived Recife Brazil Sept 22, 1987.


IMO 5348043


See history in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 328




2 thoughts on “Robinson, T.W.

    • There were two. First started out as E. J. Earling and the other started out as the first Harry Coulby. You can find both of them on our site under their original names.

      Robertson was some kind of Republic Steel Corporation executive.

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