Registry and Rig Information

Registry U.S.
Official Number 244507
Rig Propeller

Dimensions and Tonnage

Length 603.66
Width 60.16
Depth 30.16
Gross Tonnage 9057.00
Net Tonnage 6793.00
Hull Material Steel
Hull Number 00525

Vessel History

Rebuilds Converted to self-unloader by American Ship Building Co., Toledo, OH, winter, 1965-1966 (8421 gross - 6120 net).
History Launched as PILOT KNOB 2nd. Launched September 11, 1943.Built under U.S. Maritime Commission contract L6-S-B1 class bulk carrier.
\"Swapped\" to Interlake Steamship Co. in 1965 for conversion to self-unloader because of condition of tank tops - in exchange for steamer FRANK PURNELL. Cleared Toledo, OH, on August 15, 1966 after conversion.
As FRANK PURNELL: Grounded near Tonawanda, NY, Niagara River, November 9, 1971. Lightered by W.C. Richardson on November 9, 1971; and taken to Lorain for repairs.
In collision with SYLVANIA in fog just north of Detroit River Light, June 2, 1973, at 0523; was upbound with coal from Lorain, OH. Grounded briefly, then went to St. Clair, MI, to unload. Suffered only minor damage.
Grounded near North Bass Island, Lake Erie, April 20, 1973; released herself and went to American Ship Building Co., Lorain, OH, for inspection.
Pushed into walkway by wake of passing freighter at Shell Oil Dock, Sarnia, on August 14, 1973, causing extensive damage to walkway.
As ROBERT C. NORTON: Sustained estimated $350,000 damage on May 6, 1977, when grounded at Calcite, IN.
Disposition Sold to International Marine Salvage for scrapping in 1994.

Build Information

Builder Great Lakes Engineering Works
Place Built Ashtabula, OH
Date Built 1943-00-00


Source HCGL

Vessel Names

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
PURNELL, FRANK1966-00-001974-00-00U.S.244507
NORTON, ROBERT C.1974-00-00U.S.244507

Vessel Owners

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
U.S. Maritime Commission1943-00-001943-00-00U.S.244507
Bethlehem Transportation Co.1943-00-001966-00-00U.S.244507
Interlake Steamship Co.1966-00-001966-00-00U.S.244507
Pickands Mather & Co.1966-00-001970-00-00U.S.244507
Oglebay Norton Co.1970-00-001994-00-00U.S.244507
Int'l Marine Salvage1994-00-00