Registry and Rig Information

Registry U.S.
Official Number 116495
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 292.66
Width 40.33
Depth 20.00
Gross Tonnage 2277.00
Net Tonnage 1870.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 00047

Vessel History

Rebuilds Tonnage change, 1926 (2277 gross - 1694 net). Tonnage and dimension change, 1932 (293.25 x 40.33 x 20; 2248 gross - 1362 net). Reconstructed as bulk cement carrier, 1915, at S.C. McLouth shipyard, Marine City, MI. Tonnage change, 1943 (2379 gross - 1336 net). Rebuilt as self-unloading bulk cement carrier, 1947, at Sturgeon Bay, WI; houses moved aft (2447 gross - 1412 net).
History Removed from documentation, September-October, 1972; redocumented as barge, July-August, 1973. (2537 gross - 2529 net). Built at cost of $235,000. Used during World War II in New England coal trade and in Caribbean bauxite trade. Spent two winters as storage hulk for building of new Poe Lock at the Soo. Used in late 1960's as transfer barge between Duluth-Superior, with propeller blades removed.
As MEL WILLIAM SELVICK: Being pushed upbound past Port Huron by the tug JOHN PURVES, had a tow line snap, and she sheered into the old Peerless Cement dock, on October 15, 1981. She was holed both fore and aft. Damage was reported as severe, with pumps from the Coast Guard and local fire dept. going for a day and a half. She was bound from Detroit for Holland, MI, with 4000 tons of cement. She went to Toledo for repairs.
Disposition Scrapped in 1994, in Muskegon.

Build Information

Builder Globe Iron Works
Place Built Cleveland, OH
Date Built 1892-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateRegistryOfficial Number
SELVICK, MEL WILLIAM1973-00-00U.S.116495

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
Huron Portland Cement Co.1956-00-001961-00-00U.S.116495
Huron Transportation Co.1915-00-001942-00-00U.S.116495
Huron Transportation Co.1947-00-001956-00-00U.S.116495
Jackson Transit Co. (W.C. Richardson, Mgr.)1905-00-001915-00-00U.S.116495
National Gypsum Co. (Huron-Portland Cement Division)1961-00-001972-00-00U.S.116495
Selvick Marine Towing Corp.1973-00-001994-00-00U.S.116495
U.S. War Shipping Administration1942-00-001947-00-00U.S.116495
William Chisholm,