Whitney, David M.

1901                                  David M. Whitney                                  1968

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Wyandotte MI by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Hull 138
Launched Jan 19, 1901

428’ LOA, 404’ LBP, 51’6” beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1200 IHP

Enrolled at Detroit MI May 7, 1901 (#56)
412.9 x 51.5, 28.0, 4626 GT, 3584 NT     US 157601     to:
Estate of David C. Whitney, Detroit MI (home port Detroit MI

Transferred to Merida Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, J. C. Gilchrist, Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH)

Entered service 1901

Fleet sold 1903 into Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland OH

Gilchrist fleet went into receivership 1910

Sold at auction 1913 to Cadillac Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, H. K. Oakes, Mgr. and renamed Edwin L. Booth

Cargo hold rebuilt 1914 to arch construction at Lorain OH by American Ship Building Co.

Sold Feb 12, 1916 to American Steamship Co., Buffalo NY, Boland & Cornelius, Mgr. (home port to Buffalo NY)

Renamed G. N. Wilson (1) 1921

Sold Feb 4, 1928 to Lakewood Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Valley Camp Steamship Co., Mgr.  (home port to Fairport OH) and renamed Thomas Britt (2)

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Sold 1934 to Columbia Transportation Co., Cleveland OH

Converted to crane ship 1943 at Fairport OH by Fairport Machine Shop and renamed Buckeye (1)
Remeasured to 4343 GT, 3301 NT

Fleet renamed Oglebay Norton Co. 1959

Sold for scrap 1968 to Steel Factors Ltd.  Resold to Spanish shipbreakers.  Cleared Quebec QC with str.

Peter Robertson towed by German tug Fairplay X.  Robertson broke away from tow Nov 2, 1969 and stranded near La Corona Spain, Atlantic Ocean.  Tow with Buckeye arrived Santander Spain Nov 4, 1969.



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