Registry and Rig Information

Registry U.S.
Official Number 245496
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 496.16
Width 71.58
Depth 25.50
Gross Tonnage 11757.00
Net Tonnage 8182.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 00342

Vessel History

Rebuilds Converted to bulk carrier by Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, MD; new mid-body built by Ingalls Ship Building Corp., Pascagoula, MS, in 1952. Towed up Mississippi River in halves for completion by American Ship Building Co., South Chicago, IL (696 x 71.5 x 34.58; 12217 gross - 8469 net). Received bow thruster at G&W Welding, Cleveland, winter 1974-1975. Converted to self-unloading barge, 1990. Her push tug, JOSEPH H. THOMPSON, JR., was built using the leftover steel from the conversion.
History Built as C4-S-B2 class cargo carrier under U.S. Maritime Commission contract. Participated in Normandy invasions of June 6, 1944. After war, laid up in James River Reserve Fleet.As JOSEPH H. THOMPSON: Under Captain Robert Long, saved six crew members from sunken steamer HENRY STEINBRENNER, May 11, 1953, off Isle Royal, Lake Superior.
Grounded in St. Marys River on December 4, 1976, sustaining $107,000 damage. Lost electrical power on June 1, 1980 while downbound on Lake Superior off Two Harbors, MN. After repairs were made she continued.

Build Information

Builder Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.
Place Built Chester, PA
Date Built 1944-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateRegistryOfficial Number
THOMPSON, JOSEPH H.1950-00-00U.S.245496

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
U.S. Maritime Commission1944-00-001950-00-00U.S.245496
Wisconsin-Michigan Steamship Co.1950-00-001950-00-00U.S.245496
Hansand Steamship Co. (M.A. Hanna Co., Mgrs.)1950-00-001984-00-00U.S.245496
Upper Lakes Towing Co., Inc.1984-00-00U.S.245496