Wood, James B.

1906                                  James B. Wood                                  1961

Steel Great Lakes bulk freighter

Built at West Bay City MI by West Bay City Shipbuilding Co., Hull 616
Launched Dec 23, 1905

534’ LOA, 514’ LBP, 54’ beam, 31’ depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, coal-fired boilers, triple expansion engine, 1500 IHP

Enrolled at Port Huron MI April 4, 1906 (#21)
514.0 x 54.0 x 27.1, 7159 GT, 5744 NT     US 202867     to:
West Bay City Shipbuilding Co.

Reenrolled at Cleveland OH April 13, 1906 (#81) to:
Gilchrist Transportation Co., Cleveland OH (home port to Fairport OH)

Entered service 1906

Fleet went into receivership 1910

Sold at auction 1913 to Lackawanna Steamship Co., Cleveland OH, Pickands Mather & Co., Mgr.
Fleet renamed Interlake Steamship Co. and vessel renamed Arcturus.

Remeasured 1920 to 6707 GT, 5263 NT

Home port to Wilmington DE 1932

Sold for scrap 1961 to Luria Brothers Co.  Resold to Norwegian shipbreakers.  Towed out St. Lawrence Seaway Oct 1961.  Damaged late Nov in storm on the Atlantic Ocean and put into Canary Islands for repairs.  Set out again under tow of Portuguese tug Praia Grande.  Towline broke Jan 11, 1962 and vessel foundered off Azores Islands.

See history in Detroit Marine Historian March 2001 (#19)



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