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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Daniel J. Morrell

Ship owner: Bethlehem Transportation Co.; Cambria Steamship Co.

Ship builder: West Bay City Ship Building Co., West Bay City, Michigan

Engine builder: Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Wyandotte, Michigan

Engine re-builder: Skinner Engine Co., Erie, Pennsylvania

Year ship built: 1906

Year engine built: 1906

Final disposition: Foundered after breaking up in a severe storm off Harbor Beach, Michigan, Lake Huron on November 29,1966. 28 men lost, one survivor, Dennis Hale.


Possible last sighting of steamer Benjamin Noble, lost off Duluth, Minn., April 1914 made from Morrell.  Sister ship Edward Y. Townsend in the same storm the Morrell was lost in suffered similar structural failure, and did not make another trip.

Uniflow engine (1956) 3 cyl., 30 in. with 36 in. stroke.



1) Cambria Steamship Co. (Hanna) (1906-1926)

2) Cambria Steamship Co. (Bethlehem Transportation Co.),

    Cleveland, Ohio (1927-1966)

Registry number: US. 203507

Hull number: 619

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter

Height: 27.4 ft.

Width: 58.2 ft.

Length: 580.5 ft.

Stroke length: 42 in.

Gross tonnage: 7763

Net tonnage: 6216

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion; Uniflow

Piston 1: 24 in.

Piston 2: 39 in.

Piston 3: 65 in.

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