Voorhees, Enders M.

1942                                   Enders M. Voorhees                                      1987

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at River Rouge MI by Great Lakes Engineering Works, Hull 288
Keel laid July 1, 1941; launched April 11, 1942
With Leon Fraser, A. H. Ferbert, Benjamin F. Fairless and Irving S.Olds longest vessel on the Great Lakes (until Wilfred Sykes of 1950 – superseded Carl D. Bradley of 1927)

639’6” LOA, 623’3” LBP, 67’ beam, 35’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, steam turbine engine, 4000 SHP

Enrolled at Detroit
622.65 x 67.02 x 30.33, 10294 GT, 6439 NT US 242023 to:
Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland OH (home port Duluth MN)

Entered service July 29, 1942 clearing River Rouge MI light for Duluth MN

Permanent enrollment at Duluth MN July 31, 1938

Fleet reincorporated 1949 in Delaware (home port to Wilmington DE)
Fleet merged July 1951 into parent United States Steel Corporation (home port to New York NY)

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

Boilers converted 1973 to oil firing at Sturgeon Bay WI by Bay Shipbuilding Co.
Remeasured to 6403 NT

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 Dec 26, 1981 at Duluth MN and did not operate again

Sold for scrap 1987 to Aaron A. Ferer & Sons. Resold to Turkish shipbreakers. Cleared Quebec QC Sept 15, 1987 with str. Thomas W. Lamont towed by British tug Irving Cedar. Tow arrived Algeciras Spain Oct 24. Cleared Algeciras Jan 13, 1988 for Aliaga Turkey towed by Greek tug Everest. Towline broke Jan 24, 1988 in storm and vessel grounded on Kithnos Island, Aegean Sea 60 miles south of Athens Greece and broke up. (Lamont had been towed out earlier and had arrived at Aliaga Turkey Dec 27, 1987). Sections recovered 1989 and towed to Aliaga for scrapping.

IMO 5104124

See history in Scanner May 1990 (#183)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember III p. 400



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