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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Zenith City

Ship owner: Pittsburgh Steamship Co.; War Shipping Administration; Zenith Transit Co.

Ship builder: Chicago Ship Building Co., Chicago, Illinois

Engine builder: Cleveland Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio

Year ship built: 1895

Year engine built: 1895

Final disposition: Used as a trade in vessel for new tonnage [Maritime class ships], during World War II. Scrapped, Hamilton, Ontario, 1947.


Launched, August 14, 1895. Largest vessel on the Great Lakes at the time.


The name Zenith City refers to Duluth, Minnesota, also served as the inspiration for Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis in his novel Babbit - fictional city in the book has this name.


1) Zenith Transit Co. (Wolvin)

2) Pittsburgh Steamship Co.

3) War Shipping Administration., 1942-1947, Washington, D.C., owned by U.S. government, but operated for duration of the war by Pittsburgh SS Co.

Registry number: US. 210912

Hull number: 15

Vessel type: Bulk Freighter

Height: 23.9 ft.

Width: 48.3 ft.

Length: 387.5 ft.

Stroke length: 40 in.

Gross tonnage: 3581

Net tonnage: 2435

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple expansion

Piston 1: 19 in.

Piston 2: 38 in.

Piston 3: 63 in.

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