Registry and Rig Information

Registry U.S.
Official Number 264317
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 624.16
Width 67.00
Depth 30.42
Gross Tonnage 11073.00
Net Tonnage 8472.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 00422

Vessel History

Rebuilds Received new engine, propeller, propeller shaft, and generators, 2005.
History As ERNEST R. BREECH: Ran aground three miles north of Fort Gratiot Light, Lake Huron, April 8, 1965; released April 10.As ERNEST R. BREECH: Struck southwest pier at the Soo, downbound, July 14; sustained a twenty-foot dent to bow plates at waterline. She was grounded near Marine City, MI, in fog, on May 25, 1982. Bound for Detroit, she needed help from two tugs to get released. As KINSMAN INDEPENDENT: Made final call on the Port of Duluth-Superior, Dec. 11, 2002. Carried final load of grain from Duluth-Superior to Buffalo, NY. The last U.S. flag straight-decker in active service.
Transferred to Canadian registry in 2004.
Disposition Sold to Marine Recycling Corporation of Port Colborne, ON. Arrived for scrapping in April 2022.

Build Information

Builder Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
Place Built Bay City, MI
Date Built 1952-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
BREECH, ERNEST R.1962-00-001988-00-00U.S.264317
KINSMAN INDEPENDENT1988-00-002005-00-00U.S.264317
VOYAGEUR INDEPENDENT2005-00-002008-00-00CANADA827118

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
Voyageur Marine Transport, Ltd.2005-00-002007-00-00CANADA827118
Pioneer Steamship Co. (Hutchinson & Co., Mgrs.)1952-00-001962-00-00U.S.264317
Ford Motor Co.1962-00-001988-00-00U.S.264317
Kinsman Lines1988-00-002003-00-00U.S.264317
Minch Transit Co.2003-00-002004-00-00U.S.264317
McKeil Work Boats, Ltd.2004-00-002005-00-00CANADA827118
Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.2007-00-00CANADA827118