Great Lakes Shipping Log 1980-1989 is a detailed study chronicling the events of one of the most challenging periods in the history of shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. While the decade represented the end of what has proven thus far to be the last major phase of shipbuilding on the Inland Seas, it also witnessed a large number of demolition sales that removed over one-third of the vessels in the U.S. and Canadian lake fleets.
In addition to others, features of this narrative include: new vessel construction and modernization projects, vessel name changes, fleet sales and acquisitions, accidents and other pertinent events, seasonal cargo statistics, historical synopses for many of the ships sold for dismantling, and over 1,000 vessel names cross-referenced.
For the first time, the reader has access to a comprehensive account of an entire decade in Great Lakes shipping history in a single volume.
Author: Raymond A. Bawal, Jr.
Publication Date: December 2019
Binding: Softcover Pages: 264
Proceeding about six miles downstream from the collision site later that day, the Montrealais anchored just below Recors Point before being cleared to continue downbound the following morning. Lightering at Port Colborne, Ontario, to reduce its draft in order to transit the Welland Canal, the 730-foot steamer discharged its remaining cargo at Hamilton before tying up at Port Weller Dry Docks on July 1 for repairs reaching $1.2 million.
Its fate foretelling what was to come with the significant downsizing of the Great Lakes fleet over the next several years, the Interlake Steamship Company sold the E. G. Grace to Marine Salvage Ltd. on April 4 for scrapping at Port Colborne. This vessel was one of sixteen bulk freighters built by the U.S. Maritime Commission during World War II to meet the tonnage demands of that conflict and assist in modernizing the domestic lake fleet, which had saw little new construction since the onset of the Great Depression.
After selling the Edward B. Greene and Walter A. Sterling near the end of the previous season, the Cleveland-Cliffs Steamship Company possessed a fleet consisting entirely of inactive carriers. On October 12, Cliffs took a significant step in ridding itself of these ships with the sale of the Cliffs Victory to the Hai International Corporation for scrapping overseas. Originally constructed for saltwater service, this steamer was one of the most historically significant lake freighters of the postwar era.
With a lifelong interest in Great Lakes Shipping and military history, Raymond A. Bawal Jr. has written several books on these two subjects.