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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Louis R. Davidson

Other name(s): Diamond Alkali; Dow Chemical; Ferndale

Ship owner: Boland & Cornelius; Reoch [Leadale Steamship Co., Ltd.]; Westdale Shipping, Ltd.

Ship builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works

Engine builder: Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan

Year ship built: 1912

Year engine built: 1912

Final disposition: Sold for scrap, 1979.


Launched Apriol 6, 1912.  Self-unloading equipment installed in 1932.



b) Diamond Alkali (1932)

c) Dow Chemical (1939)

d) Ferndale (1964) (C. 317134)


1) Boland & Cornelius, Buffalo, New York

2) Reoch (Leadale Steamships Ltd.)

3) Westdale Shipping, Ltd.

Registry number: US. 209971

Hull number: 95

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter

Height: 26.2

Width: 56.2

Length: 511

Stroke length: 42

Gross tonnage: 6612

Net tonnage: 5335

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion

Piston 1: 23

Piston 2: 37

Piston 3: 63

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