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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Joseph L. Colby

Other name(s): Bay State

Ship owner: American Steel Barge Co.; Boutell Steel Barge Co.; Pittsburgh Steamship Co.; Smith-Truby Sand Co.; White Oak Transportation Co.

Ship builder: American Steel Barge Co. (A. McDougall), West Superior, Wisconsin

Engine builder: Samuel F. Hodge & Co., Detroit, Michigan

Year ship built: 1890

Year engine built: 1890

Final disposition: Scrapped, 1935, South Chicago.


Launched November 15, 1890.  To East Coast in 1908 and returned to Great Lakes c. 1915.  Self-unloading equipment installed in 1922 by Leatham D. Smith, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.



(B) Bay State (1905)


(1) American Steel Barge Co., Superior, Wisconsin

(2) Pittsburgh Steamship Co. Duluth, Minnesota

(3) Boutell Steel Barge Co., Bay City, Michigan

(4) White Oak Transportation Co., Boston, Massachusetts

(5) Smith-Truby Sand Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Registry number: US.76933

Hull number: 108

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter, whaleback

Height: 22

Width: 36

Length: 265

Stroke length: 42

Gross tonnage: 1245

Net tonnage: 914

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Fore and Aft

Piston 2: 26

Piston 3: 50

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