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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Frank Rockefeller

Other name(s): Meteor; South Park

Ship owner: American Steel Barge Co.; Bessemer Steamship Co.; Central Dredging Co.; Cleveland Tankers, Inc.; Erie Steamship Co.; Nicholson-Universal Steamship Co.; Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

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

Engine builder: Cleveland Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio

Year ship built: 1896

Year engine built: 1896

Location engine built: Cleveland, Ohio

Final disposition: Museum ship, Superior, Wisconsin


Named for John D. Rockefeller, Sr.'s estranged brother.

Converted to tanker, 1943, Manitowoc.


b) South Park (1927)

c) Meteor (1943)


1) American Steel Barge Co.

2) Bessemer Steamship Co.

3) Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

4) Central Dredging Co.

5) Erie Steamship Co.

6) Nicholson-Universal Steamship Co., Detroit

7) Cleveland Tankers, Inc.

Registry number: US.121015

Hull number: 136

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter, whaleback

Height: 21.8 ft.

Width: 45.4 ft.

Length: 366.5 ft.

Stroke length: 40 in.

Gross tonnage: 3383 t.

Net tonnage: 2393 t.

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion

Piston 1: 23 in.

Piston 2: 38 in.

Piston 3: 63 in.

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