Widlar, Francis

1904                                  Francis Widlar                                  1966

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at Cleveland OH by American Ship Building Co., Hull 421
Launched April 7, 1904

436’ LOA, 416’ LBP, 50’ beam, 28’ depth
1 deck, hold beams, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1500 IHP

Enrolled at Cleveland OH May 16, 1904 (#86)
416.0 x 50.0 x 28.0, 4682 GT, 3368 NT     US 200910     to:
American Ship Building Co., Cleveland OH (home port Cleveland OH)

Reenrolled at Cleveland OH June 11, 1904 (#93) to:
Columbia Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, W. H. Becker, Mgr. (home port to Fairport OH)

Entered service 1904

Transferred Sept 20, 1916 to Valley Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, W. H. Becker, Mgr.

Wrecked Nov 12, 1920 on Pancake Shoal near entrance to Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior and abandoned to the underwriters as a constructive total loss.  No lives lost.  Salvaged by Reid Wrecking Co., Port Huron MI and towed 1921 to Port Arthur ON for repair.

Sold May 22, 1921 by underwriters to W. H. Becker et al, Cleveland OH.

Resold July 26, 1921 to Mathews Steamship Co., Toronto ON (home port to Toronto ON) and renamed Bayton
Enrolled Canadian at 416.0 x 50.0 x 28.0, 4176 GT, 3000 NT     Can 141675

Fleet went into receivership 1931.  G. T. Clarkson, Toronto ON appointed receiver.

Fleet sold late 1933 to Colonial Steamships Ltd., Port Colborne ON, Scott Misener, Mgr.

Boilers converted to oil firing 1947.

Fleet renamed Scott Misener Steamships Ltd. 1959

Suffered a cracked propeller shaft June 1, 1966 downbound with grain from Fort William ON to Port Colborne ON.  Towed to Port Colborne, unloaded and sold for scrap to Marine Salvage Ltd., Port Colborne.  Boilers removed for installation in str. Shelter Bay.  Hull towed to Lake Michigan and sunk as breakwater for new harbor at Burns Harbor IN.

See history in Scanner Nov 1978 (#78)
Also in Great Lakes Ships We Remember II p. 400



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